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Lois Mailou Jones Mask

This Lois Mailou Jones-inspired drawing is a favorite black history month art project. A pencil crayon drawing on black paper makes for a dramatic look.

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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.


Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Mask

  1. Draw a large oval. Add lemon shapes for eyes and mouth.

  2. Add a wide outline around the eyes and mouth.

  3. Add nose and extend curves as shown.

  4. Fill in each area with a different color.
    Add highlights and shadows with white and black pencil color.

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