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The Phillips Collection
A proud student shows off how he used geometric and organic shapes to make his migration collage.
|Pre-trip lesson: This program introduces students to the Great Migration as told through the artwork of Jacob Lawrence. Students learn about some of the factors that resulted in the mass exodus of African Americans from the South to the North during the first half of the 20th century. They study the life of Jacob Lawrence and his “Migration Series,” which provides a compelling visual narrative about that time period. Students learn the techniques that Lawrence employed in creating his series, including the use of common art elements such as color, shape, and line.|
Trip: At the Phillips, students view thirty panels from Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series” (the other thirty are at MoMA in New York). Using the panels, students explore the conditions in both the South and North that led to the Great Migration. They also examine themes, such as discrimination and labor, which Lawrence focuses on throughout the series.
Post-trip lesson: As a culminating activity, students reflect upon their own personal migration experiences and construct collages reflecting their own stories. They also write brief captions to go along with their collages. Students also test their knowledge of the artistic elements of portraits as they compete in a collaborative review game and take written assessments.
Academic Standards: Reading (5.IT-E.4, 5.IT-E.5); Mathematics (5.G.1); Social Studies (5.9); Visual Arts (5.2.6)