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Romare Bearden Mixed-Media Collages
Romare Bearden created mixed-media collages of people and places he knew well. A lover of jazz music and a friend of many famous jazz musicians out of Harlem, NY, Bearden created many mixed-media collages of musicians playing on stage or in clubs.
The second graders first discussed Bearden and what mixed-media collages were. Mixed-media collage is an artwork that consists of cut-paper glued onto another piece of paper and any other media the artist chooses to use to draw or paint over the cut-paper. The students then created their own mixed-media collages of themselves as musicians using paper, crayons, cray pas, markers, and pencils.
The second grade students created monochromatic blue paintings in the style of Pablo Picasso. This lesson was the end result of a painting unit where the students were learning to create different values of a color. They were asked to first create tints of the color blue by adding white little by little to make blue lighter. Then they were asked to create shades of blue by adding black to darken the color.
For this project, the students first discussed Pablo Picasso and his monochromatic paintings painted during his “Blue Period”. Then they were asked to create their own paintings using the various values of blue. The students were only given three colors to work with: blue, black and white.