Black history month projects can also give a nod to noted artists who live a bit south of us, like Bernard Hoyes from Jamaica.
This tutorial not only simplifies some of his graceful dancing ladies, but is a good exercise in filling a whole sheet of paper, as the head, arms and dress must all touch the sides to get the right proportion.
FOLLOW UP PROJECT
Now it’s easy to make a classroom mural to celebrate the creative work of African American artist Lois Mailou Jones.
All you need to do is purchase a Lois Mailou Jones Mural template from my PDF Shop, have each student color a page, and then tape or glue it back together according to included directions.
It makes a special work of art for your classroom, and because everyone takes part, a collaborative experience as well.
- Draw a Dancing Lady PDF
- Drawing paper
- Black marker
- Crayons or oil pastels
Time needed: 1 hour.
Draw a Dancing Lady
- Make guidelines. Draw an oval.
- Add neck and circle for headband.
- Finish the head wrap.
- Draw neckline and hands.
- Connect the hands to the head with sleeves.
- Continue the side of the dress.
- Finish the curved hem.
- Draw facial features.
- Trace and color with crayons or pastels.