Romare Bearden American Master

Romare Bearden
collage artist, painter

Romare Bearden was an African-American who is internationally recognized for his lifelong work as a collage artist. His work told many captivating and inspiring stories to draw attention to social realism and to celebrate the African-American experience. During the 1960's he worked in a type of art we call collage. Collage comes from the French word coller, "to gum or stick something together." His work was created by gluing fragments of paper, fabric, scraps, photographs, drawings, and images in magazines and newspapers to a flat surface. In addition, he used watercolors, oil paints, and inks to make his collages. He enjoyed many art forms and styles including African, Asian and European art.

Romare Bearden was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He moved to Harlem in New York City when he was a young child and grew up there in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance (1919-1929), was a period in American cultural history when Black artists felt a need to contribute their African heritage and pride in a positive way to the visual, performing and literary arts. Harlem became the center of this artistic rebirth period during the 1920's when Romare Bearden was a young artist. Many visits were made to the Bearden household by family friend and poet, Langston Hughes, and musicians, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington. From the1940's through the 1980's, Romare Bearden became a presence in American art. He has had many successful exhibitions at premier art galleries throughout the United States.
Romare Bearden captured many wonderful images from his childhood memories and images of the people and places throughout his life. His work is rich with narrative details about black community life-public and private. It is apparent that Romare Bearden had an amazing ability to unify the mixed media of his work through experimentation to communicate universal themes with profound artistic value.


4th grade Cityscape at Night

The City at Night,
Watercolor and crayon,
This was a one session art project.
All pieces had to have at least 4 buildings
and one had to be in the background creating
the illusion of space.
These colorful works are inspired by African American Artist Romare Bearden-known for his collage and watercolor work . Images are on display at the school and at the Serna Center office through the end of March.


3rd grade night sky in the city

a City at Night
Connecting to the classroom theme of space/planets students used metallic crayons to create their own night time sky. What would you have up in your sky?

Part II: using paper rectangles, students create 3 of the 4 sides of a building. This building will be attached to the night sky.

1st Grade Mittens

Mitten, Mitten let's make Mittens.
Students were introduced to the color wheel and learned about complementary colors. Tracing their own hands they  made a pair of paper complementary mittens.


Session III Kindergarten Snow People

Snow People
Part I:  using shapes, order and size create a snow person. Set horizon line. Add details with color pencil. Elements found on the face: 2 eyes, 1 nose, 1 mouth (happy, sad...).
Arms located on the middle section, 5 stick fingers on each hand.

Snow man song: Once there was a snowman, snowman, snowman, once there was a snowman tall tall tall
In the sun he melted, melted, melted, in the sun he melted small, small, small

Part II: finish details add weather using tissue paper and glue. L
ast step the glitter snow. Allow time to dry.