2013 Oct-Bearden

September 13th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

SEPTEMBER 25th (For Oct) Romare Bearden –American Artist & Writer

Training sessions are held in the cafeteria at 9:30 AM and repeated at 7:00PM.  You need only attend one session.

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Romare Bearden was born in 1914 in Charlotte, North Carolina and died in 1988.  Bearden was a collage artist, and is regarded as one of the most influential African-American artists of the 20th century. He lived in Harlem amidst what is known as the Harlem Renaissance and had access to many of the greats of this time including Langston Hughes and Duke Ellington.  His mediums were paint, collage and photomontage.  The themes in his art represent the life of the African-American – the rural South, life in Harlem, rhythms and improvisation of jazz music, and the French West Indies.

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The projects this month are colorful collages including people and interests of the students.

More information on Bearden.

  1. October 10th, 2013 at 12:23 | #1

    We did Ms. Hillman’s 5th Grade class with great success. There were ample supplies in the folder marked for the class, but we also offered additional materials from the boxes marked for all classes. Those boxes of scraps need to be organized periodically.
    We had them cut out pieces and lay them out on the background before gluing them down. This allowed them to do a better layout and make changes before it became permanent.
    We gave them some of the pre-cut pieces to add, which helped speed them along to more complete looking pieces.
    We also played music: Jazz would be appropriate.

  2. October 18th, 2013 at 10:40 | #2

    We played Bearden’s type of jazz music while the students were doing their projects. I stressed the improvisation in jazz and the improvisation in collage-making with the 6th grade group. Worked well. Just played the music with the 2nd graders. Good addition to sessions.

  3. October 18th, 2013 at 10:41 | #3

    I’m wondering how docents who were presenting worked their notes if they projected the full image of the art on the screen.

  4. admin
    October 24th, 2013 at 22:59 | #4

    Sandy, You could use the printed notes. We always put them on the cart.

  5. Zoie Nikov
    October 28th, 2013 at 03:00 | #5

    Last Friday we presented to Mr. Fogleman’s third grade class. It went well – I had a great partner in Melissa DeSantis! As we are nearing the end of the project, there is a LOT of scrap paper which made it easy for all the students to make wonderful projects. Thanks Melissa!

  6. Zoie Nikov
    October 31st, 2013 at 02:25 | #6

    On Monday, I did the presentation with Mrs. Martin’s kindergarten class … the kids were fantastic and had a great time. I had LOTS of support from the teachers which was very helpful. Great artist and project – thanks for the opportunity!