Close your eyes and let your mind wander.... think of a favorite memory... a special experience. Where were you? What were you doing? How was your body moving? Could you smell anything? What did you hear? See? Taste?
And so we began a lesson learning about the American artist, Romare Bearden.
Fourth graders read the story Me and Uncle Romie in their in Language Arts class and I was able to delve more into his life and art with the kids. Romare is most well known for collage art depicting images of growing up in the South, of the Harlem Renaissance, and of the Black experience in America.
The kids reflected on a treasured memory of their own, and explored elements of their memory through the medium of collage.
The National Gallery of Art has some great info for kids and parents on Romere Bearden (click here) and the Metropolitan Museum in NY hosts an interactive site here. Enjoy!
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