Come Look With Me<br> Discovering African American Art for Children

Come Look With Me
Discovering African American Art for Children

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By: James Haywood Rolling, Jr., Ed.D.

Explore the ideas and struggles of African American artists of twentieth century America

Come Look With Me: Discovering African American Art for Children introduces children to twelve magnificent works of art. The artwork presented in this book is a small representation of a very remarkable effort by African Americans in the United States during the twentieth century to portray our developing self-image as citizens who have shaped not only ourselves, but have helped to develop the shape and color of all of our aspirations.

The author, Dr. James Haywood Rolling, Jr., leads this visual exploration and interaction. Children are invited to wake up with Romare Bearden’s Morning, to explore and join in important ceremonies as revealed in Clementine Hunter's Baptism, and to stroll along the busy sidewalk in front of Jacob Lawrence’s Brownstones. They can explore the ideas and the unique struggles of African American artists and their contribution to the culture of the United States.

Well suited for both individual and classroom use, Discovering African American Art for Children pairs great works of art with thought-provoking questions, encouraging children to learn through visual exploration and interaction. Thoughtful text introduces the world and work of the artist, making the most of a child’s natural curiosity.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

James Haywood Rolling, Jr., Ed.D., author

James Haywood Rolling, Jr. earned his doctoral degree in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds an M.F.A. in the visual arts from Syracuse University and a B.F.A from The Cooper Union. Dr. Rolling has a rich and varied experience as an accomplished artist, a published scholar and poet, and singer. He is on the grade school art education faculty at The School at Columbia University and lives in New Jersey with his wife.

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Editorial Reviews:

Christian Library Journal

The Come Look With Me series was created by art teacher and curator Gladys Blizzard to introduce youngsters to art. There are at least 10 books in the series. Each book reproduces 12 works of art. The series is designed for parents and/or teachers to interact with children; therefore, each page of artwork faces a page of text which includes simple questions to stimulate discussion, brief biographical notes concerning the artist, and few notes regarding the artwork being presented

In James Haywood Rolling, Jr.'s Discovering African American Art for Children, the artists selected a range from self taught folk artist Clementine Hunter to Paris-trained Henry O. Tanner. Children can glimpse urban life in New York during the 1950s or rural life during a Louisiana summer.


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ISBN: 978-1-890674-07-6

Ages: 5 and up
Page count: 32
9 3/4 x 9 3/4

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