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Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial to add to your Black History Month Artists: Horace Pippin and a Horace Pippin Coloring Page. He was an African-American painter that lived just after the Civil War.

Horace Pippin

Here’s another name to add to your Black History Month Artists list — Horace Pippin. He was an American self-taught artist who painted landscapes, portraits, and biblical subjects, as well as themes from his World War I service. After he passed away in 1946, the New York Times eulogized him as “the most important Negro painter” in American history.

Horace Pippin

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Horace was born 1888 in Pennsylvania and attended segregated school until he turned 15. He loved to draw, and would illustrate the spelling words he learned in school. However, his family couldn’t afford art supplies. At the age of ten he won a set of crayons from a magazine drawing competition and began to color. In 1917, Horace joined the 15th Regiment of the New York National Guard. This all-black unit saw active service in France. He was discharged for honorable reasons after a sniper shot his arm.

Horace continued to paint scenes from childhood and his memories of war and soldiers. He said, “The pictures . . . Come to me in my head and if it seems to me to be a worthwhile image, I paint it. . . I do over the picture several times in my mind and when I am ready to paint it I have all the details I need.” Despite a general labeling of his work at the time as “naive,” the truth is quite different. Pippin was an observant of the world and his paintings reflect the things that he cared deeply about, like peace and social injustice. Check out the Book “A Splash of Red”Click on the affiliate link to learn more.

Coloring Tip

Prang crayons have the rich colors that I used in my sample drawing. Their pack of 24 doesn’t cover You can find out more about it here.They are great for drawing people in color. These soft, vibrant crayons only cost a few dollars extra than the average brand. However, they look like oil-based pastels when you apply them with a bit of pressure. In addition, they are eco-friendly, which means they are made from soy beans and don’t flake. Here’s a link to learn more about Prang Crayons. Note: This is also an affiliate hyperlink.

Pictures just pop into my head, and I tell myself to let my heart go.

— Horace Pippin

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A step by step tutorial for how to draw an easy portrait of Horace Pippin, also available as a free download.

Black History Month Artists – Horace Pippin coloring page

Horace Pippin Coloring page, available as a free download.

Materials for Black Artists Drawing

  • Eraser. The larger ones that you can hold in your hands are much more effective than the pencil tips.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These permanent markers have a fine tip that is great for coloring and they never bleed if they get wet. Use them with plenty of ventilation and extra paper beneath to protect your table.
  • Prang Crayons. These crayons look like oil-pastels because they are softer. Crayola doesn’t have any brown shades unless you purchase their larger boxes.

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