I See You, I See Myself: The Young Life of Jacob Lawrence

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I See You, I See Myself, written for young adult readers, examines the early experiences and choices that led Jacob Lawrence to become an artist. In bold colors and precise language, the book describes how the break up of his parents, a period of foster care, reunification with his mother, brother, and sister in Harlem, and the influence of other adults in his community shaped the decisions Lawrence made about his art and his life. The hurdles that he faced -- moving, parent separation, and discrimination -- are ...
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Overview

I See You, I See Myself, written for young adult readers, examines the early experiences and choices that led Jacob Lawrence to become an artist. In bold colors and precise language, the book describes how the break up of his parents, a period of foster care, reunification with his mother, brother, and sister in Harlem, and the influence of other adults in his community shaped the decisions Lawrence made about his art and his life. The hurdles that he faced -- moving, parent separation, and discrimination -- are ones that challenge many children today. I See You, I See Myself describes how the choices one makes in dealing with these challenges start to shape a personís life. It includes 65 color illustrations of Lawrenceís work, accompanied by photographs documenting his early experiences in the Harlem community.

Jacob Lawrence was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1917. Moving from there to Easton, Pennsylvania, and finally to Harlem in 1930, his family was part of the Great Migration of African Americans who relocated to the North from the South. Raised among the ìNew Negroesî -- the emerging African American writers, artists, and poets who were a manifestation of the Harlem Renaissance -- Lawrence was one of the first artists trained in and by the African American community in Harlem. At Utopia Childrenís House, a community daycare center, Lawrence received his earliest art instruction from Charles Alston, then a graduate student at Columbia University Teachers College. Lawrence continued to study with Alston throughout the 1930s at the WPA Harlem Art Workshop and at Alstonís studio. He encountered notable artists, writers, and activists, such as Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, William Aaron Douglas, Orson Wells, Alain Locke, Addison Bates, and Augusta Savage, who had a profound effect on his development as an artist.

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Gr 5 Up-A delightful introduction to the artist and his work, based on interviews with Lawrence. Leach talks about the subject's early life and how he began to paint at age 13, experimenting with geometric shapes and patterns, and explains how personal experiences influenced his art. The paintings themselves are colorful and detailed narratives that depict African-American history and culture, and they vividly portray the lives of the poor and disenfranchised in a way that will appeal to young people. The author follows Lawrence's life and career up to age 25, and includes reproductions from his "Migration Series" and "Harriet Tubman Series" as well as many of his single pieces. The book ends with an invitation for readers to try creating their own works of art.-Joyce Fay Fletcher, Rippon Middle School, Prince William County, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Tailored to a young audience through use of short sentences, simple message, lively layout, and large vivid color reproductions, the book follows Lawrence from his 1917 Atlantic City cradle to Harlem in 1930, where he exhibits The Migration Series at New York's Downtown Gallery, and lectures in the New York's public schools in 1942. Published on the occasion of the exhibition organized by the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Distributed by the U. of Washington Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780943044262
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 60
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Moving, 1917-30: Birth to Age 13
Harlem, 1930-32: Age 13-15
Workshop Table, 1932-34: Age 15-17
Studio 306, 1934-37: Age 17-20
Artist with a Capital "A", 1938-41: Age 21-25
I See You, I See Myself
Glossary
Chronology
Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Selected Bibliography
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