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James, Is That You?
Mount Gulian Historic Site
Beacon, NY 12508
Grade 5th Grade
Author Sallie Farkas, Cathy Pezzo, Susan Handler, and Gina Barry
Art will serve as a vehicle to bring the freed slave James F. Brown to life. Prior to the art lesson, students will have read articles about James F. Brown as part of their classroom curriculum. In art class, students will highlight the words and phrases in these articles that describe his appearance and character, and discuss their perceptions of this man. With a partner, they will create a composite of facial features from a given selection, on a pre-prepared base page. They will then draw their own rendering of their visualization of James, using shading and value in pencil. Following the portrait lesson, students will view an actor portraying James F. Brown during their visit to Mt. Gulian.
Art will also serve as the culminating learning discipline utilized to sum up the I See Freedom curricula. In the extension lesson, students learn about the work of African-American artist Faith Ringgold, and her connection to the traditions of quiltmaking and storytelling. They create their own "quilt" shapes that illustrate the words of the journal of James Brown. To complete the "quilt" of James F. Brown portraits, illustrations, and patterns, students will add text of the actual words of James F. Brown from his journal.More Overview