Romare Bearden

LESSON TITLE: Romare Bearden and His Collages
TEACHER NAME: Jennifer Schupak
GRADE LEVEL: 4th – 12th
CLASS TIME: _45_Minutes _1_Days/week _2_# Session(s)
SUBJECTS COVERED – African American History, Culture, Collages, Composition


  • Students will understand the history of Romare Bearden and his influences for his art work and collages.
  • Students will demonstrate layering purposeful colors, shapes and magazine cut outs in a collage form.


  1. 11 x 17 Paper
  2. Construction Paper of Various Colors
  3. Magazines
  4. Scissors
  5. Glue Sticks
  6. Colored Pencils
  7. Markers
  8. Romare Berden Lesson Plan Power Point


collage – s a work of formal art, primarily in the visual arts, made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.

composition – composition is the placement or arrangement of visual elements or ingredients in a work of art, as distinct from the subject of a work.

Cubism a 20th century avant-garde art movement, pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, that revolutionized European painting and sculpture, and inspired related movements in music and literature.



Have students at tables separated from the materials. Since there are so many materials it’s best to set up stations for the students to go to and collect the materials they need for each step. I have created a power point for them to view first. So have the student all face the presentation board to see examples of his work, and steps for the project. Go through each step with them first in the power point before allowing them to return to their tables and allow one table at a time to retrieve materials from each designated station.


I have created and added a power point presentation for you to show the students. This is a great way to show students his work, and explain the lesson to them. The powerpoint starts off with a short history lesson about Bearden. Discuss his life in Harlem and how he was influenced by what was around him. This is a great lesson for students from urban areas to explore.

Once students have learned about his history explain the full lesson before passing out the composition paper. Explain to your students how Bearden planed out his art work, used colored paper, and magazine cut outs. Show them that how layered his work with simple colors and shapes and the details followed later. At the end of the presentation are some images which students can look at in detail to see how he used his materials. Once They understand the plan have one table at a time retrieve the first set of materials. The large paper, the colors paper, and scissors. Once students have finished laying out their building shapes have them show you their composition plan. Once they have your approval all them to glue the colored paper down. When this is done and their space is clean allow them to go through all magazines to pick out pictures of animals, birds, people and anything else they think will fit. Allow them to cut out their subjects from the magazines and glue to their piece. Once this is done if there is time how them all critique each other work by laying out the projects on a clean table,  and standing by one that does not belong to them and have them say what they apprecite and what they would change. Encourage your students to use the proper critique words early on, instead of saying I like it because, or I don’t like it because.


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