Afrofuturism – 2nd through 5th Grades

Create a Self-portrait as an adult in 2050 or invent a healing machine

In my art room, I pay homage to artists of color every month, but Black History month helps collectively highlight Black celebrations and events., past present and future.   My focus was on Afrofuturism, which is a cultural style that combines science-fiction, history and fantasy to explore the African-American experience and aims to connect those from the Black diaspora with their African ancestry.  We watched a video about Sun Ra, science fiction and racial equity and I showed them slides on Wangechi Mutu.

They could choose between making a self-portrait in the year 2050 with plants, animals and machines or they could invent a machine that heals people in some way.

Student work