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Teaching | Neighborhood Collages Inspired by Romare Bearden

In the second week of my Olympics-themed art curriculum for The Boys' Club of New York, boys practiced both two-dimensional collage and three-dimensional assemblage, inspired by the artists Romare Beaden and Louise Nevelson. For this project, we looked at Bearden's beautiful collages, then made collages of our own using old magazines, colored paper and comic books. Typically, I scaffold my lessons to adjust to my students' ages and abilities (I currently teach elementary-high school boys), but I felt that this assignment worked at all levels. Boys of every age made collages of their neighborhood using cut paper, magazines, and old comic books. Here are some of their results!

You can read more about my curriculum for BCNY here:

This poetic collage was made by an elementary school boy.

The Queens Library

I thought this one was shockingly reminiscent of Romare Bearden's work.

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