Lois Mailou Jones, (born November 3, 1905, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - died June 9, 1998, Washington, D.C.), American painter and educator whose works reflect a command of widely varied styles, from traditional landscape to African-themed abstraction.
Lois Mailou Jones had an impressive career, but do you know how she got started? She
had been working as a textile designer and often sold her bold fabric creations to department stores. One day, a decorater told her that a coloured girl wasn't capable of producing such beautiful designs! Luckily, this prompted her to shift her artistic focus to the fine arts so she could sign her name to her work so that no one could ever doubt her again.
Year 6 have created their own masks inspired by Lois Mailou Jones, using a process called 'sgraffito' which is a method of 'aging' a drawing by covering it with black oil pastel and then scraping it off. It is a very effective method, but very messy!