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Romare Bearden



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Do you know who Romare Bearden is? We hope so!

Everyone in the world should know about African American artist, Romare Bearden!

He was born in 1911 and died, a very famous artist, in 1988. Bearden was a people-person who brought the whole world together through his personality, his scholarship, his music and his art.

In his work he joins the imagery of black life and circumstance to universally understood experience.

That means if you’re black, white, orange, yellow or purple – if you’re from the North, South, East or West – if you lived five hundred years ago or live today – you can find SOMETHING in Bearden’s work to relate to.

This collage was made by Art Aware to teach elementary school students about Romare Bearden. You can see in the collage, parts of the following collage paintings by Bearden:

“Odysseus Enters the Room Disguised as an Old Man” (PDF, see p.10)
“The Visitation”
“The Family”
“The Piano Lesson”
“Li’l Dan: the drummer boy”
“Watching the Good Trains Go By”
“The Blue Snake”

Lesson Plan: Grades 3-8
Lesson Plan: Bearden Art-Making Workshop

Some Web Resources
The Art of Romare Bearden (Jerry Jazz Musician)
The Art of Romare Bearden (National Gallery of Art)
   Children's Guide (PDF)
   Teachers' Resource
The Art of Romare Bearden (NPR)
Interview with Romare Bearden, 1968 (Smithsonian Institution)
The Incredible Art Department
   Lesson Plan: Bearden Jazz Collage (Elementary)
   Lesson Plan: Romare Bearden Collage (7th Grade)
   Lesson Plan: Romare Bearden Collage (High School)
The Romare Bearden Foundation

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Faith Ringgold’s Anyone Can Fly Foundation enabled students from inner city elementary schools (one in Philadelphia, PA, eight in Camden, NJ) to learn about African-American artist, Romare Bearden, through its Art with Kids Grant. The students learned through reproduction/slide presentations, art making workshops and trips to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York C ity. (2004 recipient: Barbara Pfeiffer)

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Posted 6 February 2005, updated December 1, 2013