Romare Bearden Mixed Media Project: Art History Lesson

Romare Bearden Mixed Media Project: Art History Lesson

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Perfect as at the beginning of a class or semester, or even as a break, this quick lesson has students create a mixed media art using magazines and their own artistic voice. Introduce students to Romare Bearden whose artwork was inspired by memories of past events and favorite places. Bearden is an American painter, whose collages depict aspects of American black culture. He is considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century.

This lesson is intended to introduce students to Romare Bearden but also to begin to explore their own artistic voice by pulling textures, colors, and images from magazines without planning. Bearden once said he didn’t plan to have recurring symbols in his artwork, they just came out...like the trains and snakes, the students in this lesson will do the same thing.

At the end of the lesson, students will have a classroom critique exploring how we communicate through visuals and what they learned about themselves as an artist by completing this assignment. Worksheets for critique are provided as a PDF as well as an interactive Google Slides document.

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What's Inside:

  • Full Lesson Plan with big ideas, objectives, vocabulary, and detailed process notes.
  • Video link to Intro to Bearden
  • PowerPoint Presentation with link to
  • Google Slides Version of Presentation
  • PDF Critique Worksheets and
  • Fillable Google Slides Version of Crique Worksheets

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National Visual Arts Standards

Anchor Standards:

o Creating:

Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #3. Refine and complete artistic work.

o Responding:

Anchor Standard #8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

o Connecting:

Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.

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