Romare Bearden Collage Game
Are you looking for a fun way to supplement your art history lessons? Going to be absent and need last minute art sub plans? Fill up your sub tub with engaging art lessons like this Romare Bearden collage project that excites students. Teach your students about the Harlem Renaissance, jazz music, and the Great Migration of African-Americans in the 1920’s. Great for art and social studies teachers looking for an arts integration resource for Black History Month.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Romare Bearden art game makes for the best and most productive early finisher activity for your students. You can set up a choice-based art center where students select an activity amongst different ones. Print out the game board and directions back to back, put them in a labeled folders, and let them pick what they’d like to create. This is similar to a directed drawing activity in which students are guided through the art process.
If you’re a teacher looking for a differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition, this will do the trick.
You will create a Romare Bearden collage by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to create it.
To make the background, rip up music lyric sheets. Then, paint each piece with watered down tempera paint. While they’re drying, color a piece of heavy white drawing paper with marker. Next, using a wet brush, paint over the marker with water. Let it dry. Then, mix a little water with some white glue. Arrange your painted lyrics papers and glue to the background, leaving some of the marker showing.
To create the designs, roll the die to pick an instrument from the first column. Draw and cut it out using scrap construction paper. If the shape is hard to draw, break it up into smaller pieces and glue them together. Roll the die two times, picking one design from each of the next two columns. Draw and cut them out. Use crayon to add details if you like. Then roll two more times to pick music notes from the last two columns. Draw and cut them out. Lastly, arrange everything on the background paper and glue them down.
And that’s how you create this kente cloth weaving!
First, print out the Romare Bearden collage game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give your students dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. Alternatively, if you’re a choice-based art teacher, you can use the “You Pick” version of the game. If you have access to a smartboard or projector, use the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. It will guide the students during each part of the art project.
Once completed, have students use the self-assessment rubrics to evaluate their artwork based on craftsmanship, creativity, following directions, work habits, project goals, and clean up. And then have them complete the “Big Ideas” sheet so they can connect the creation process to their learning.
If you are substituting or need a fast finisher activity, use the included coloring page.
3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade
Main Learning Objective
Students will be able to learn about important contributions African-Americans made in the visual arts and create a Romare Bearden collage of mixed media materials based on his art.
- Construction Paper
- Photocopies of Sheet Music (Use Google Images to search for free copies)
- Glue Sticks
- White Glue
- Tempera Paints
You Will Receive
- 12-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Romare Bearden Collage Game)
- 9-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Harlem Renaissance & Romare Bearden Biography Handout
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
- 8, “I CAN” Statements Aligned to the Studio Habits of Mind
- Practice Drawing Page
- Coloring Page