Join NYC Urban Sketchers in a virtual sketch event celebrating the contributions of African Americans to US history, civil rights, science, art, literature, music and culture during Black History Month. The range of possible subjects for sketching is overwhelming. But you may want to narrow your choices down to African American artists. For example, you might take for inspiration the work of:
Hale Woodruff was born in Cairo, Illinois and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended local segregated schools while young. As a young man Woodruff studied art in Indianapolis, Chicago, and at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge. Like many African-American artists in the early 20th century, Woodruff went abroad to refine his methods and techniques. He studied in Paris from 1927 to 1931, and later in Mexico under Diego Rivera. Hale Woodruff became a pioneer artist and educator, noted for his contributions to historically black colleges.
In 1938, Woodruff was commissioned by Talledega College in Alabama to create three murals for its library. These works are the most celebrated pieces by the artist. The scenes depict the mutiny of African captives on the slave ship “Amistad” in 1839, the US Supreme Court trial, and the final repatriation of the freed Africans to their homeland.