There is much more to Black history than civil rights activists and inventors. This project explores the cultural contributions of African American artist, Felrath Hines, and gives you the opportunity to make your own artwork inspired by his! Felrath Hines was an abstract painter and art conservator from Indianapolis, Indiana. His work focused on figurative, non-literal meanings and typically made using oil paint on linen.
For this project you will be using paint, paint brushes, masking tape, a piece of cardboard or something to paint on and a medium sized piece of cloth to make a geometric abstract painting in the style of Felrath Hines. Of course, as with any art project, you can use these instructions as inspiration and use your creativity to make whatever you would like.
Step 1: Decide on what geometric shapes you would like to you use (squares, rectangles, triangles, circles, etc.)
Step 2: Choose a color palette or color scheme
Step 3: First you can use a pencil to lightly sketch out your design on your piece of cloth if you would like. You can then use the masking tape to tape off your background and shapes you want to incorporate in your design. Using masking tape will allow you to have straight lines and sharp crisp edges.
Step 4: Paint you background pattern/design. Let dry.
Step 5: Remove masking tape used for you background.
Step 6: Paint your shapes. Let dry.
Step 7: Ask an adult for help finding a place to display your work!
If this activity has your creative juices flowing, consider submitting your art work for possible inclusion in Richland Library's literary magazine, Kids in Print.