Left: Kyndall Tabb, Mountain Memories, grade six.
Right: Hamilton McFadin, grade six. Bottom: Saylor
Harrison, Memphis Girl, grade six.
searching for images in magazines
and catalogues that related to their
personal themes and messages. Since
cutting out the images takes time
and planning, I asked them to only
collect whole pages from the maga
zines. At this point, students were
earching for photos that would help
them establish a sense of place in
their work, but sometimes they also
carried this theme into the way that
taped the drawing to a light box or
classroom window, placed the maga-
zine clipping over the image, and out-
lined the area to cut. If the image was
not transparent enough to outline,
they used white tracing paper.
Assessing Student Collages
When the collages were complete, stu-
dents compared and contrasted their
ork to that of Bearden's, writing on
index cards. They then assessed their
work using a rubric I provided.
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Connecting: Relating artistic ideas
and work with personal meaning and
W E B L I N K S
• Face is drawn in correct proportion.
• Page is completel overed with no
white canvas showing.
• Background indicates a sense of place
(real or imaginar ).
• Overlapping used to indicate depth
• Collage indicates the st le of Romare
• Selected clippings indicate a theme.
• Collage includes a phrase appropriate
to the theme.
• Collage is glued down all the wa .
• All elements of the face and head
• Written card compares and contrasts
collage with work of Romare
the face is constructed. I gave them
folders in which to keep these pages.
I demonstrated how to apply the glue
to their selected clippings before
placing the images on a background.
Mod Podge, the glue that I prefer to
use, was placed in clearly marked
condiment containers. The glue was
brushed on evenly to the edges of the
clippings with a sponge brush.
Students worked from the edge of
the drawn image to the outer edges
of the paper, establishing a sense of
space. If they needed to cut a clipping
to precisely fit in a certain area, they
The imaginative freedom
with which Bearden used
rich texture from clippings
to recreate people and
places from his past was
e inspiration for this