People in the United States celebrate Black History Month in February each year. Black History Month aims to educate students about the achievements and important place in history that African-Americans have. During this month, many students are tasked with writing book reports and research papers on historical black figures, but those with a more artistic flare may enjoy Black History Month art projects. Through art projects, students can use their creativity while learning about important figures.
Black History Collages
Collages are simple enough for children of any age to put together. For Black History Month, collages can take on the general theme of the month or have a more narrow focus. Students could paste together images of famous black inventors, black actors or civil rights leaders. These images can come from magazines, book scans or other sources. Students cut the images out and paste them to construction paper however they see fit.
Students can also opt to make collages of specific events in black history as opposed to people. Collages depicting specific events of the civil rights movement or inventions created by black people can be a fun project for students. They can also decorate their collages with glitter, confetti or other materials.
Cereal Box Creation
Have students design a cereal based on a famous black figure and create a box for that cereal. This allows students to be creative and learn a lot about a figure as they design their boxes. Once everyone is finished, students can share their boxes with the class and put them on display.
The project requires a cereal box, computer paper, scissors, tape and materials to decorate the box, including markers, crayons or images cut out from a magazine. Students will pick a figure, or be assigned a figure, then create a cereal box image on the computer paper. The back of the cereal box should have information about the person the cereal is designed for, while the sides should include made-up nutritional facts for the cereal.
Dioramas allow students to make artistic 3D representations of aspects of black history. Students often use shoeboxes to create dioramas. For a black history shoebox diorama, students can choose either a figure in black history or a historical event involving black people. For instance, one diorama could consist of a scene of Rosa Parks’ refusal to leave her bus seat. Another idea would be the invention of hair relaxer by Madam C.J. Walker. Students could use whatever materials they like to recreate scenes, such as modeling clay, construction paper or hand-drawn images.