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Romare Bearden-Style Collages



  • Visual Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology
  • U.S. History


  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students create collages in the style of African American artist Romare Bearden.



  • define the word collage,
  • learn about African American artist Romare Bearden,
  • view examples of collages by Romare Bearden,
  • create a collage following the examples of Romare Bearden.


collage, artist, Romare Bearden, African American

Materials Needed

  • old magazines and newspapers
  • teacher-selected print resources about Romare Bearden or printouts from the sites listed in the lesson
  • different colored construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue or paste
  • computers with Internet access and color printer or print resources about Romare Bearden and pictures of his collages

Lesson Plan

  • Discuss the meaning of the word collage.
  • Explain that one famous African American artist who often used the collage technique was Romare Bearden. Read aloud selected background information about Bearden from this Romare Bearden biography.
  • Show students examples of Bearden's work from art books or from one or more of the following sites. Or, if a color printer is available, print out some examples from one or more of the sites.
    NGA: The Art of Romare Bearden
    Bearden Foundation: The Art of Romare Bearden
    ArtCyclopedia: Romare Bearden
  • Discuss some of the themes and items in Bearden's collages. Explain that he used a variety of materials in his collages, including items cut from magazines and newspapers.
  • Distribute the old magazines and newspapers you saved. Distribute the art materials.
  • Have students create their own collages following the examples on display.


Evaluate students' participation and completed collages.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis


Last updated 1/9/2017