Did you know that the African-American cook and businessman Augustus Jackson, of Philadelphia, has been called the "father of ice cream" ?

Jackson was born in 1808 and worked as a cook at the White House for three presidents: James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson. Later, in the 1830s, Augustus Jackson ran a confectionery shop in Philadelphia. Jackson didn't invent ice cream, but he improved the way it was made and is said to have become very prosperous.

Follow the directions below to draw this ice cream cone, and you'll have a chance to see your artwork published in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News on Sept. 1, 2018.

Details for submission are below. Happy drawing! And have a happy school year, too! This is our last lesson of the summer.

1. Begin your drawing with a light vertical guideline. Center the cone on this line close to the bottom of the page. Very lightly, draw the three overlapping circles. These are guidelines that will be partially erased. Notice that the bottom circle is centered on your vertical guideline.

2. Now we add the ridges left by the ice-cream scoop. These will have irregular edges. Just to make the drawing a bit more interesting, we tilt them in alternating directions (see pink arrows). Add the seam in the sugar cone. Erase your unneeded guidelines.

3. What flavors of ice cream will you choose? We have chocolate, mint chocolate chip, and strawberry. We’ve painted in the textures particular to each flavor. We gave the cone a light-brown watercolor wash and then added the waffle texture with a darker brown. (The crosshatch pattern follows the contour of the cone.) Advanced artists may want to add a few white highlights to the cone’s waffle texture.

How to submit your artwork

Children are invited to send or email copies of their work to us at the address or the email below. Phone pictures are fine. One drawing weekly will be selected for publication on Sept. 1 and the selected artists will receive a prize.

Be sure to include your name, age, mailing address, and email or phone number.

Send to:
Arts Editor Becky Batcha
Philadelphia Inquirer
801 Market St.
Phila., PA 19107
Email: batchab@phillynews.com