Lesson Plan

Romare Bearden Self Portraits

Let your students' creative juices flow with this lesson that teaches them about collage and symbolism. Students will create their own collage self portrait and learn about Romare Bearden.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify symbolism within an art piece.


(10 minutes)
  • Explain to students that one's personal identity is built upon layers of life experiences and different heritages.
  • Let students know that Romare Bearden expressed himself through collages.
  • Tell students that creating the cohesiveness of one's life can be done through the arrangement of shapes through repetition, contrast, and balance.
  • Tell students that a collage is a piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs, pieces of paper, and fabric onto the same backing.