There are many churches in Harlem. The people are very religious.

Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000)

Object Details

  • 1943
  • Medium:
  • Transparent and opaque watercolor and tempera over graphite on paper
  • Dimensions:
  • 15 1/2 X 22 1/2
  • Accession Number:
  • 1987.94
  • Artwork Credits:
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Object Description

Educator Resources

Essential Questions

  • What strategies might artists use to convey a narrative?
  • What roles do churches play in communities? How are churches different from other buildings?
  • What can a building tell about an area’s geography and culture?
  • How does the place depicted in this work of art relate to events in American history?

Suggested Activities (any grade)

Have students imagine they are one of the people in this church. Each student should consider the experience of the space, drawing upon all of their senses. Then ask students to use simple shapes and forms, like Jacob Lawrence, to sketch their view as a person sitting inside.

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