Partial list of African American Artist that were either in the WPA or part of the Harlem renaissnace.


Charles Henry Alston (November 28, 1907 – April 27, 1977), born in Charlotte, North Carolina, was an African American artist, muralist, and teacher.

Henry Wilmer "Mike" Bannarn (July 17, 1910 – September 20, 1965) was an African-American artist, best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance period.

Romare Bearden (September 2, 1911 – March 12, 1988) was an African- American artist and writer. He worked in several media including cartoons, oils, and collage.

King Brock (born Kingsley Dawson Brock on February 3, 1912 in Pasadena, California), was a WPA artist.

Santiago Martํnez Delgado (1906–1954) was a Colombian painter, sculptor, art historian and writer. He established a reputation as a prominent muralist during the 1940s and is known for his watercolors, oil paintings, illustrations and woodcarvings.

Gwendolyn Knight (April 20, 1914 – February 18, 2005) was an African American artist from Barbados, in the West Indies.

Jacob Lawrence (September 7, 1917 – June 9, 2000) was an American painter; he was married to fellow artist Gwendolyn Knight. Lawrence referred to his style as "dynamic cubism", though by his own account the primary influence was not so much French art as the shapes and colors of Harlem.

Norman W. Lewis (23 July 1909 – 27 August 1979) was an award-winning African-American painter, scholar, and teacher. He is associated with Abstract Expressionism. Lewis was African-American, of Caribbean descent.

Sanford Plummer (1905-1974) was a Seneca narrative watercolor painter from New York.

Diego Rivera (December 8, 1886 – November 24, 1957) was a prominent Mexican painter born in Guanajuato, Gto, an active communist, and husband of Frida Kahlo (1929–1939 and 1940–1954). His large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican Mural Renaissance.

Augusta Savage, born Augusta Christine Fells (February 29, 1892 – March 26, 1962) was an African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance.

Jos้ David Alfaro Siqueiros (December 29, 1896 in Camargo, Chihuahua, Mexico - January 6, 1974 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico) was a social realist painter, known for his large murals in fresco that helped establish the Mexican Mural Renaissance.

Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) African-American Writer from the state of Kansas associated with the Harlem Renaissance.


Art and Educator Resources, Curriculums, Standards and Theory

Reading Writing & Arithmetic
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois Visual Arts Standards
Missouri Show Me Standards (Fine Arts)
Lincoln University, Jefferson City,Missouri
(Fine Arts and Education)

Howard Gardner's "Theory of Multiple Intelligence" The Arts
Viktor Lowenfeld's Stages Of Artistic Development 1. SCRIBBLE
Drawing Lesson from K-12; Kinder Art ( Drawing ADA
Teacher (Interactive Art Lessons)

Learning to Think Artistically
Handout created by Joe Cox for Elements of Design


Author Larna Garner,            Illustrator Essex Garner