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Black History: Painters & Artists

Black History: Painters & Artists

Heart and Soul

Featured Artist: Ashley Bryan: Ashley Bryan grew up in the Bronx in New York City. When he was a little boy his parents noticed right away that he loved to draw and paint and make things. They did everything they could to make sure he had art supplies to create things with. After he graduated from high school he wanted to go to college and study art. He interviewed for a spot at an art institute.

The interviewer stated that mine was the best portfolio that he had seen. However, he also informed me that it would be a waste to give a scholarship to a colored person.

The best artist…but no scholarship because of the color of his skin. Fortunately for all of us, Ashley listened to good advice from his parents. They told him to not let anyone or anything ever stop him from doing what he loves. Ashley persevered. He attended the Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering and Columbia University. He studied art in France and Germany too.

Ashley has taught art, written and illustrated books and created countless beautiful things that you can see in this book: stained glass windows, paintings, sculptures, puppets and more. There is one picture in this book that shows Ashley at home in a room full of his creations. It’s like looking at an I Spy picture of wonderful things. I would love to wonder through his studio, pull up a stool and begin creating something. When you read this book written in his own words, you’ll realize that if you did walk into his studio, that is exactly what he would want you to do. Author: Ashley Bryan

 

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Books by Ashley Bryan:

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Books about African American Art & Artists:

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The Secret Subway

The Secret Subway

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The idea that subways exist – train tunnels that run underneath large cities – is amazing even today, when they are commonplace. Imagine what it would be like to be one of the first people to float such an outrageous idea. How can you make a tunnel strong enough so the weight of the city above doesn’t crush it? In the 1860’s Alfred Beach set his mind to making people give his crazy idea about moving people around underground a chance.

The Secret Subway tells Mr. Beach’s story. In order to get people to listen, he was devious! He earned for himself approval to build a small tunnel that would carry mail, and while he was constructing it, he hired extra people to dig a secret tunnel big enough for a train that carries people! Alfred and his team worked quietly at night. No one. Suspected. A thing! The Secret Subway, a look at a man ahead of his time! By Shana Corey. Illustrated by Red Nose Studio.

Mr. Beach reminds me of other visionary showman who had a flare for the dramatic – people like P.T. Barnum and his circus, Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show and Walt Disney. These people often invented new things or new ways of doing things – specializing in the “wow” factor when they presented their ideas to people. Listed below are some more visionaries like Mr. Beach. These people all took their ideas to new heights with their dramatic flare. The Secret Subway, a great look at a man way ahead of his time! By Shana Corey. Illustrated by Red Nose Studio.

You can find more biographies like these at IndyPL Kids’ Blog: Famous Visionaries. The books listed there include inventors as well as visionaries from music, art, business and more.

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More Books About Visionary Inventors with a Flare for the Dramatic:

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Subway Books:

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Godspeed Astronaut John Glenn

Godspeed Astronaut John Glenn

John Glenn was born in Ohio in 1921. He was a Marine, a fighter pilot and test pilot before he became an astronaut as well as a US senator. That is a lot of jobs!

In 1959 NASA chose seven men to by the country’s first astronauts. John was one of them and he became the first American to orbit the Earth. His space capsule was called the Friendship 7. During his mission scientists learned many things that helped them figure out how to send a manned spacecraft to the moon.

In 1998, President Bill Clinton invited John to be an astronaut again on a space shuttle mission. He was 77 years old and became the oldest person in space! He helped NASA learn again by showing what happens to an older person during space travel.

John Glenn died yesterday, December 8, 2016. He was 95 years old.

“I suppose the one quality in an astronaut more powerful than any other is curiosity. They have to get some place nobody’s ever been.” ~ John Glenn

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Artifact:

mercury-gi-joe Artifact from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Mercury GI Joe – America’s entry into the space race with the Soviet Union came with the 1958 creation of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and the introduction of Project Mercury in 1959. NASA chose to be the first astronauts: Alan Shepard, Gus Grisson, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton. They become known as the Mercury Seven. Hasbro’s 1997 GI Joe line commemorated the history of spaceflight by issuing a Mercury astronaut GI Joe, honoring those pioneering astronauts. GI Joe was the first well known action figure made for boys. In the late 1970s, the three and a half inch GI Joe became popular and less expensive.
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Snow White: a Graphic Novel

Snow White: a Graphic Novel

Snow White

This book is a graphic novel of the classic Snow White story set after World War I. During the war while many men were serving in the military, many women did things they had not done before, like working outside the home in factories and businesses. During this time more women went to college and they won the right to vote. It is a really interesting time to set a story like Snow White, a story about a girl who seems to rely entirely on other people to rescue her or take care of her.

In this telling, Snow is strong and resilient and brave. She relies on her friends. Seven friends. I bet if you try to guess who they are, you’ll be wrong! This time around, Snow is rescued, but she does her own rescuing too! A great ending to a book that changes up the Snow White story to highlight how you get by with a little help from your friends!

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More Graphic Novels by Matt Phelan:

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More Snow White Stories:

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