Minnie Evans: A Famous African American Artist

Minnie Evans was an African American artist alive from 1892-1987. Her paintings and drawings surround a face with colorful plants and spirals drawn with wax or crayons that represent dreams and hallucinations she had as a child that would also come to her during the day. 

Use crayons to color in one of Minnie Evans’ artworks below and draw one of your own dreams on the back of the handout! 

This project is one of the virtual classes exploring women artists, hosted on Facebook Live from 1:30-2pm every Wednesday and Friday. Materials and instructions are posted here afterwards. Tune into the live classes to ask questions, give suggestions, and interact with other students who are stuck at home!

If you want to watch the recording of the live video, check out our Facebook page or Youtube channel


  • Minnie Evans handout (linked below)
  • crayons


  1. Check out some of Minnie Evans’ artwork here
  2. Color in the handout using crayons. Minnie Evans used very vibrant colors, so make sure you do the same! 
  3. On the back of the handout, draw one of your own dreams! Are they as colorful and fantastical as the dreams Minnie Evans had as a child?