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Ashley Reich

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Art Lesson - Inspired by the book "Tar Beach" by Faith Ringgold

Tar Beach is the roof of Cassie's Harlem apartment building. Cassie's dearest dream is to be free to go wherever she wants, and one day it comes true when the stars help her to fly across the city. Where would you go if the stars took you on an adventure? Let's create our own masterpiece inspired by the book! Listen to the story "Tar Beach", and follow the guided drawing slides. For this activity you will need: - paper - pencil - eraser - ruler - black Sharpie - markers​ When you are finished tap and upload your photo

3rd Grade, 5th Grade, 4th Grade, English Language Arts, Art, Social Emotional Learning
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Faith Ringgold is an American artist best known for her colorful quilt paintings about American history and politics. Tar Beach, her first book that was written for children, has collected awards ever since it was published in 1991. Tar Beach is the roof of Cassie’s Harlem apartment building, and her dearest wish is to be free to go wherever she wants to go. The book tells the story how she dreams of flying, and all the things she might see if she could. This tutorial will help students draw a child in a flying position, surrounded by stars and a bridge. surrounded by a colorful border. They can choose to draw a child that looks like Cassie … or a someone that looks more like themselves. A few tweaks to the clothes and hair will do the trick. As a message of hope and imagination, Tar Beach is a wonderful book to share to any time of the year, but especially so during the month of Black History celebrations. This activity was found on: https://artprojectsforkids.org/faith-ringgold-art-project-draw-cassie-from-tar-beach/