Teachers Lesson Plans

People of African Descent

This lesson plan introduces a selection of historical works by artists' of African descent and portraits of individuals of African descent in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada



People of African Descent


The works of art in this lesson plan, all made before 1960, reflect the diversity of the Gallery's collection.


These paintings, sculptures, and photographs open doors onto aspects of the social history of the African diaspora, the lives of individual artists, the places and people they portrayed, and the changing artistic practises in Western art.