The Art of Romare Bearden

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Curricular Information

The materials in this packet will help students learn the following about Romare Bearden:

  • Bearden used personal memories, African-American cultural history, and literature as the source of his subject matter. He placed aspects of African-American life within the context of universal themes.
  • Bearden's style was influenced by numerous sources, including Western European art, African sculpture, the art of his contemporaries, in America and Mexico, and music--especially blues and jazz.
  • Bearden is most famous for his work in collage, which he used in unique and innovative ways. He also made paintings in watercolor, gouache, and oil, edition prints, monotypes, murals, and one assemblage sculpture.
  • Through his involvement with the arts community, Bearden empowered and promoted artists of color.

This packed includes:

  • Resource Book for teachers (text brochure)
  • Image CD-ROM
  • 1 Music CD - Branford Marsalis Quartet: Romare Bearden Revealed
  • 5 Transparencies
  • 6 Reproductions