Black Panther Pop-UP
It’s the end of Black History Month and the past year has brought us all something very fundamental to think about when we discuss ethnicity and acceptance. I think it’s so important for us to teach Black History along with any other historical events if not now more than ever. Even though the Black Panther movie was just a movie it also symbolized a turning point for representation in our culture, something that many folks are very uncomfortable with, even I admittedly struggle with showing representation in the content I share on The Art Dream. Going forward I want to make sure to touch upon inclusivity and make The Art Dream a place where all children can find something that speaks personally to them.
Chadwick Boseman is the actor who played the Black Panther and he also tragically died in 2020 from a cancer he had kept secret, he was a fighter, he was noble and his actions are admirable, he didn’t let his sickness define him or stop him from accomplishing his goals and that’s the message I hope is carried through this printable project. Chadwick Boseman was a hero on screen as well as off screen and this month I chose to honor his bravery for Black History Month. His legacy will continue to live on.
You can download my printable right here in this post below, I’ve created two options, one already colored and a black and white version to color yourself! I’ve also put together a photo tutorial with directions on how to construct this pop-up. You can also view my baby Yoda/Grogu tutorial in my previous post for a very similar video tutorial.
Here is the pre-colored printable...
Here is the color your own printable...
Step 1. First download and print the pdf onto cardstock paper, you may even want to try a lightly colored cardstock like in my sample image. Color the images first, then cut out the pieces carefully, they don’t have to be cut perfectly.
Step 2. For the pop-up card, use a utility knife to cut along the solid lines only and then score on the dotted lines. Scoring is important because it will guide the paper on where to fold.
Step 3. Next is the tricky part, you have to carefully pop the box cutouts forward by bending and manipulating the paper, if you’ve scored correctly this step should go smoothly and everything should fold flat.
Step 3. Glue the portrait of Chadwick Boseman to the larger center box fold and the arms to the two smaller, longer box folds.
I'm John, an artist and art educator. The Art Dream is here to spark creativity and inspire the little artist inside of you!
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