Martin Luther King Jr. Powerpoint and Art Activity

Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK Jr.) Powerpoint and Art Activity

Created by Meghan Montgomery, 3L Place, January 2019

Applies to: Creative Expression, Understanding and Participating in Community, Critical Thinking

Purpose: To reflect on the meaningful life of MLK Jr. and practice diversity via the arts.

Objectives: To read a social story on the impact of MLK Jr.’s life followed by working creatively on a diversity-based art activity.

Materials Needed:

  • Computer and PowerPoint software
  • MLK PowerPoint (see attached)
  • Interactive whiteboard (optional)
  • 20x24 pieces of white/off-white paper
  • Various colors of paint
  • Brushes, gloves, fingers
  • Tape
  • Stiff construction paper (or cardstock) of a variety of colors
  • Pencils
  • Glue
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Plastic shower curtain

Activity Steps:

  1. Cover the table with a plastic shower curtain/liner.
  2. Tape down the 20x24 pieces of paper.
  3. Have members choose 3-4 colors and squirt a tablespoon or two on the paper of each.
  4. If members are willing, spread the paint with your fingers for extra sensory exploration.
  5. Leave the pages to dry a bit for a few minutes.
  6. Watch the PowerPoint on the impact of MLK Jr.’s life as a group/class (while the paint is drying for a bit).
  7. Head back to the art space and begin to trace 3 hands - one can be your own, two have to be from 2 other people.
  8. Cut out all hands.
  9. Glue hands on the painted 20x24 paper in any arrangement that suits the member/artist.
  10. Take a few pipe cleaners and make a large circle, followed by taking more to form a peace sign/symbol within the circle.
  11. Attach your peace sign/symbol anywhere on your colorful image. 
  12. Let each piece of art sit where it is. Walk around the table in a circle to observe others work.
  13. Gesture or say one word about what you took away from this and/or how this experience was for you.
  14. Decide as a group whether members want to put their images together to make a paper diversity quilt and/or if members choose to keep their images as stand alone.

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