Romare Bearden in the Elementary School


When Art Aware took nine busloads of students from eight Camden schools and one Philadelphia school to the Romare Bearden retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, it paid off in terms of the artwork the fourth and fifth graders produced.

We made a large collage from cutouts of Bearden’s work and then showed many of his reproductions at each school. You can see the Lesson Plans on our website:

These images are by students at Gesu school, whose art teacher, Linda Hartzell, prepares them well for any visiting consultant such as myself. They cut, pasted, drew, watercolored and crayoned lively figures adapting Bearden’s ideas to their own styles.

African American artist, Romare Bearden was not only a collage artist, but also a painter and musician. By looking at his artwork and listening to jazz pieces inspired by it, the students caught his spirit.

Even in these small thumb prints, we hope you can catch the spirit too.

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