Romare Bearden Inspired Collage

“Take Harlems heartbeat, make a drumbeat.
Put it on a record, let it whirl!”
-Langston Hughes

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Visit an informative and fun interactive site at MetMedia. Listen to the sounds that inspired Romare, discover the hip artists he grew up around.

We were first introduced to Romare Bearden through a picture book inspired by his life titled “Me and Uncle Romie” by Claire Hartfield. “The Block” is also a rich text that poetically places the collages of Romare Bearden alongside poems by Langston Hughes. I read aloud the poetry to students or have them perform it for the class, then ask them to search for visuals  within his mural sized collage that illustrate the terms, sounds and visuals they hear.

Students utilized their knowledge of paper collage to construct a selection of urban buildings. These were then collaged to a colored background and accordion folded for a 3-D effect.

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Writing poetry about urban experiences would be a great way to incorporate literacy into this rich art making experience and bring it full circle in connection with the era in which Romare lived and prospered as an artist.

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Consistency Pays Back

I organize my art studio with color. I mean Everything with a capital “E”. The markers, colored pencils, oil and chalk pastels, paper, paint. You name it.

Recently, a student came to me to ask if he could organize the paper scraps. “YES please!” He was finished with his art before the others and I was thrilled that he was interested in offering a helping hand over taking the time for free draw. But the best part of it all, is his strategy.

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Yes, it is organized by color! Without the slightest prompt, this is what he chose to do.

When have you witnessed your students sharing their knowledge without your prompting ?
Share those heart warming stories of pay back that we are so grateful for!

Are you interested in how I organize? Check out some ideas here.

Have a colorful day! -MJ

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Does a Color Wheel have to be a Circle? Nope!

Young artists were offered the challenge of designing and creating a color wheel that was anything but a wheel. View a few of the selected images below or click here to learn more about the process behind their unique creations.

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Have a colorful day!
-MJ

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Artful Spaces

My home away from home. Where I am free to design, create and share the joys of being an artist.


What does your home away from home look like?
How have you arranged it to be a space that you are excited to go to everyday?

Heather @ TheBeesKneesCousin has embarked on adventure to share creative art spaces, and guess what? You can catch an inside peek of my home away from home by clicking here. I am so thrilled to share it with you and hope you might be inspired to share your creative space. Visit thebeeskneescousin to celebrate another inspired art educators blog, view more artful spaces, and to find out more about how you can share your own.

Have a colorful day!
-MJ

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For successful transitions…

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Inspired by a first grader, this sign now greets all who enter the Art Studio.

Have a mindful day!
-MJ

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Words of Wisdom from Friedensreich Hundertwasser

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September 16, 2013 · 3:44 pm

Appreciation

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April 18, 2013 · 10:40 am