Romare BeardenFigure and Mixed Media Narrative Collage
Romare Bearden • Collage Artist, painter (1911-1988) • Romare Bearden was an African-American who is internationally recognized for his lifelong work as a collage artist.
•Romare Bearden was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He movedto Harlem in NewYork City when he was a young child and grew upthere in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance.The Harlem Renaissance (1919-1929), was a period in Americancultural history when Black artists felt a need to contribute theirAfrican heritage and pride in a positive way to the visual, performingand literary arts.Harlem became the center of this artistic rebirth period during the1920s when Romare Bearden was a young artist.
•Romare Bearden is internationally recognized for his lifelong work as acollage artist. His work tells many captivating and inspiring stories todraw attention to social realism and to celebrate the African-Americanexperience.COLLAGEDuring the 1960s he began working almost exclusively in collage.Collage comes from the French word coller, “to gum or stick somethingtogether.”His work was created by gluing fragments of paper, fabric, scraps,photographs, drawings, and images inmagazines and newspapers to a flat surface. In addition, he usedwatercolors, oil paints, and inks to make his collages. He enjoyed manyart forms and styles including African,Asian and European art.
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Assignment: Figure and mixed media narrative collage in the style of Romare Bearden•Apply skills learned from previous lessons includingcompositional skills of foreground, middle ground andbackground, basic collage procedures including layering andworking” back to front”.•Must include at least one figure as the center of interest.•Distortion must be used to define the figures. See RomareBearden examples•Collages must be narrative and convey a particular mood. Mustbe creative and inventive with the mixed media materials creatinga dynamic aysmmetrical composition, with a clear center ofinterest. Must have sketchbook examples that support yournarrative ideas.•Students must include a written narrative, (at least 2 paragraphs)about your collage. Must be able to explain significant event andthe mood it conveys.
Figure and mixed media assignment cont’d.•Completed artwork must include the use of either Analagous orComplementary color schemes used to help convey the narrative or usedto express the mood of the work .•Show evidence of care and effort to produce a creative, original work ofart•Artwork clearly reflects the influence of Romare Bearden based onvisuals displayed and discussed in class•Artwork expresses a complete idea and is completed by due date:Materials: White paper, 18 x 24 inches, various collage materialsincluding; magazines, various colored paper, computer-generatedimages of textures and figures and glue.
Art Terms:• Distortion: a lack of proportionality in an image• Proportion: a comparative size relationship between several objects or between parts of a single object or figure. In figure drawing, the correct relationship between size of the head and the body.• Figure and Ground: The relationship between figure and ground is one of the most important relationships in design. In simplest terms the figure is what you notice and the ground is everything else.• Narrative :a story or account of events, experiences, or the like, whether true or fictitious.
Art Terms cont:• Photomontage is the process and result of making a composite photograph by cutting and joining a number of other photographs.• Contrast: the difference in visual properties that makes an object (or its representation in an image) distinguishable from other objects and the background. Contrast is determined by the difference in the color and brightness of the object and other objects within the same field of view.
Art Terms cont:Analagous colors • Analagous colors are next to each other on the color wheel. These colors will have a common base color. For instance: blue, blue- violet, and violet. Another example is yellow-green, green, and blue-green.
Art Terms cont:Complementary Color • Complementary colors are pairs of colors that are of “opposite” hue in some color model.