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Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall “Many Mansions”

First Grade



wiki Kerry James Marshall

Art Institute of Chicago: Marshall collection

Art Institute of Chicago: Many Mansions artwork resource packet

Art21 interview with Marshall

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago interview with Marshall


Marshall prezi & presentation

Teacher handout:

Kerry James Marshall teacher handout

Art Project Ideas:

Community collage project


Notes from Previous Presentations

Please contribute your comments, helpful suggestions, websites, presentations, and/or art project ideas to the above link.  The kids and future volunteers would benefit so much.  THANKS!


Photos from Previous Presentations

Please share any pictures or videos you took during your presentation.  They can be uploaded to the above link.  Pictures can also be sent to parents through the SeeSaw app.  Please contact the classroom teacher for more info.  THANKS!


The presentation should not take more than 20 minutes.  Feel free to talk more about the artist while the kids are doing the art project.  Allow students 30-40 minutes to do the art project.  Asking for about 1 hour total should give you enough time without rushing.

If volunteers are in short supply, consider combining all the first graders for the presentation into one classroom.  (You  will need to ask the personal opinions of the teachers to see if it would work with kids of their age and temperament.)  After the presentation, the kids can return to their respective classrooms to do the art project.  There will need to be at least one parent volunteer in each class during the art project.  More time should be scheduled with the combined classroom setup.

For whatever art project you do, please be sure to check on availability of supplies from the PIA cabinets or art room well ahead of time so they can be ordered at a discounted price.  If you end up buying your own supplies, please be sure to submit an expense voucher to be reimbursed so we can keep track of actual expenses.