Alma Thomas

Eli Whitney Museum

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Help us honor artist Alma Thomas, the first African-American woman to have a solo art exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in 1972. Bring shapes and colors to life by recreating an illuminated collage that stirs the senses when lit up by an LED. Light up your window or room with shadows you create and learn how Thomas crafted her beautiful expressionist pieces.

We are accustomed to teaching with a model in front of a child, but these instructions should make it so that anyone can build one without our presence. We urge that parents and teachers be there to guide – but to allow the child to try to let the materials (and a picture of the final product) guide them. A wrong direction is always un-doable until you've glued something.

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