There are many churches in Harlem. The people are very religious.
Transparent and opaque watercolor and tempera over graphite on paper
15 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.
u.l. signed and dated : J. Lawrence 43
l.l. in graphite: CHURCH [partially erased]
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
The Carter DowntownSeptember 18, 1999–September 1, 2001
While the museum is closed for expansion, visitors will still have the opportunity to experience American art through “Greatest Hits” from the museum’s collection at the Carter’s temporary gallery in downtown Fort Worth.
Revealed Treasures: Drawings from the Permanent CollectionOctober 21, 2001–February 10, 2002
This exhibition of drawings spanning the 19th and 20th centuries represents the evolution of the medium from preliminary outlines for other artistic media to a modern means of self-expression in its own right.
The Allure of Paper: Drawings and Watercolors from the CollectionJuly 9–October 9, 2011
This special exhibition showcases one-of-a-kind works on paper never before exhibited together, chronicling the sweeping changes that occurred in American art over the course of nearly 200 years from portraiture and history painting to modernism and abstraction.
What strategies might an artist 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 might a work of art reflect or relate to important moments in history?
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 students will use simple shapes and forms, like Jacob Lawrence did, to sketch their view as a person sitting inside.
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