Click on any image for black & white version.
be sure to do your own sample. Show your stages to show students what
they should be aiming for!
Students will choose and cut out images/textures they like and glue them on the white watercolor paper leaving white spaces for symbolizing “riffs” in jazz and for doing their own individual pencil images and water coloring.
Encourage students to cut faces and bodies up, as Bearden did, to come up with composite people (white/black, African/European, etc.)
After enlarging each student’s work on copy machine onto 11”x17” paper, teacher will mount it next to student’s original color work and discuss how the colored juxtapositions of cut-outs create images that tell stories. Those same images in black and white often tell different stories which are sometimes more objective and journalistic.
Mount all the students’ colored and black/white images together with a copy of Bearden’s colored “The Street” and his black/white enlarged Photostat of “The Street” together with a written description so that all passersby can appreciate Bearden’s (and the students’) intentions.
To make it last the whole year (there will be enough variety to make it interesting to look at for the whole year), mount the artwork in 22’ panels and laminate and hang in school with Velcro strips.
Written Description of Exhibition:
Romare Bearden was one of the most outstanding artists of the 20th century.
He brought the whole world together with his art.
He especially highlighted the universality of his African-American heritage.
In 1964, Bearden experimented with black and white Photostat enlargements of his art work. (See the two examples of “The Street.”)
He was aiming for an objective, journalistic expression in the enlargements. In his color collages there are often more clashes between the elements. In his black/white Photostats there are sometimes less differences between the collage pieces.
In this exhibition, enjoy the differences!
Copyright © 2005 Art Aware.
to Romare Bearden.
Updated November 20, 2013