Shantell Martin

Shantell Martin is a Black artist born in London who is famous for her large scale black and white drawings. She uses black pens on white surfaces creating faces, stick figures, words, objects and gestural lines on canvas, walls, shoes, pots, bottles, clothes and more. Her art is unique, busy and energetic. 

Today, create your own Shantell Martin inspired black and white art using the medium of your choice. 

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!


  • piece of blank paper
  • black Sharpie (or other black marker)


  1. Check out some of Shantell Martin’s work here
  2. Take elements of her art and add it to your own piece of art. Do you want to add faces? Do you want to add random objects or stick figures? Do you have a phrase that is important to you that you would like to add? 
  3. Remember, she only uses black and white, her work is very simplistic and leaves a lot of the white background to be seen, so you should do the same.

Use another medium, whether it is a canvas, flower pot painted white, sneakers or anything else that is white, to create another Shantell Martin inspired piece of art.