Columbia Area Boys and Girls Club
School District, Columbia, South Carolina
Minuette Floyd, Art Education Professor University of South Carolina, 3rd and 4th grade
Art Education Professor Minuette Floyd collaborated with the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina and children from the local Boys and Girls Clubs. Her class of pre-service art teachers worked with Boys and Girls Club children to explore Lawrence’s art and the theme of migration.
After studying Panel No. 9, “They left because the boll weevil had ravaged the cotton crop,” the children created their own bug based on their personal identity and culture. This bug became a main character a narrative story and book they created that told of moving from an unsafe place to a safe one.
The children also described and analyzed Lawrence’s work to better understand how storytelling can be a means of expressing cultural history. They compared their personal experiences with the historical characters Lawrence portrays in his panels. The children then created their own story depicting a journey. By cooperating as a class unit to create their story, students learned the importance of teamwork and communication as well as the importance of expressing themselves as individual artists.