Black History Month Art Lesson – Romare Bearden Inspired Collage


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This middle or high school art lesson is a great addition to any middle or high school art curriculum and is perfect for Black History Month or any time of year. Students learn about how the artist Romare Bearden expressed his life experiences and memories through art using collage. Using the artwork of Romare Bearden as inspiration, students create collages based on their own personal experiences and memories.


This art project requires no drawing skills at all. It is great for beginner art classes because everyone can succeed with this design project. It can be taught via distance learning, as a homeschool art lesson, or in the classroom. The slideshow and video demonstration are both easy to download and break everything down into simple steps with lots of examples and ideas for inspiration. They are great for getting students inspired and excited to create. Using color, texture, and pattern from magazines, torn paper, and found materials students create an interesting composition that visually expresses one of their favorite memories.


The video and slideshow explain the steps of the project clearly with examples and ideas for inspiration. They also show examples of how to use repetition and variation to create a strong composition and use of space. Students learn about and apply the design principles with focal points, movement, and balance.


This Romare Bearden Inspired collage art lesson includes:

  • A Google Slideshow with lots of examples of student collages
  • A video demonstration of the collage technique
  • An art analysis worksheet guide that can be completed digitally
  • A personal art planning guide worksheet that can be completed digitally
  • A reflection worksheet that can be completed digitally
  • PDF versions of the handouts and worksheets


The slideshow introduces students to the collage artist Romare Bearden and explains how he created mixed-media collages about his life growing up in the rural south and the time he spent in jazz clubs during the Harlem Renaissance. Romare Bearden used color, texture, and pattern to visually express the feelings he associated with his memories.


Students complete a critical analysis of one of Romare Bearden’s works and create a collage art project that represents their own favorite memory. They use color, texture, and pattern to reflect the feeling or emotion connected to their personal memory. This lesson helps students see how they can visually express a personal experience in a way they couldn’t with words alone. The principles of repetition and variation are stressed in the design of the collage.


Need an Easy to Follow Art Sub Plan?

The included worksheets work great as sub plans, and early finisher assignments, for students on home instruction or in ISS. They are easy to follow with the linked videos and are easy for substitute teachers or self-directed learning when the art teacher is unavailable.


All of my lessons can be shared with your students through Google Classroom or any digital platform and are formatted to work for distance learning or in the classroom. They are designed to save you time and help your students access the tutorials, presentations, videos, or worksheets as easily as possible. You can find more ready-to-go, easy-to-follow, time-saving art lessons in my RESOURCE SHOP.


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Black History Month Art Lesson – Romare Bearden Inspired Collage