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Who was Jacob Lawrence?

by Merritt Barnwell | Arts FREE

4 Lessons 30:28
  1. 1. Trailer 0:31
  2. 2. Introduction 3:42
  3. 3. Biography 25:22
  4. 4. Conclusion 0:53

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About the course

In Who was Jacob Lawrence? we will discuss the twentieth-century artist, Jacob Lawrence. We will introduce him through his childhood, his art career, and his accomplishments. We will also introduce a couple of his major artworks that deal with and depict a moment in time connected to the Harlem Renaissance and the Great Migration. We will end the course by discussing two pieces from two of his famous series, War and This is Harlem.


  • Biography
  • Great Migration
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Jacob Lawrence
  • Jazz Age
  • Painter


Hello, my name is Merritt! I am a student at Yale University where I study Art History and Studio Art. I am personally very passionate about painting and graphic design, specifically, book design. I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico where I was always surrounded by art. When I was younger I volunteered at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum where I first participated in arts education. I now tour-guide at the Yale Center for British Art where I teach visitors about the collection. I am interested in making art more accessible and hope that shows through in my videos!

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