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Introduce collage - Bearden - maybe Schwitters - of course Picasso and Braque
Study Bearden and stress how his works communicate the essence of ideas,
memories from his life experiences. Why would an artist choose to do this?
What does Bearden have to say to our society today?
Look at specific techniques Bearden uses to make his collages work visually
and to communicate his message in a strong manner (repetition and variation,
proportion changes, etc)
Students follow suit and use some of Bearden's techniques to communicate, via
collage, one of their own memories or life experiences. Perhaps write about
the experience first -- you could even invite a language arts teacher in to
work with the writing and build an entire interdisciplinary unit based on
visual and verbal communication--or you could reverse the process and write
after developing the collages. Build your rubric or evaluation criteria to
include issues based on communication, design components and technical
components. Be sure students are familiar with the evaluation criteria or
rubric before beginning the work. Included written, refelective components
throughout the work sessions and as part of the students' end of unit self-
evaluation. Tie the unit to students' future life by stressing the skills
they are developing and how these skills are used in the real world (problem
identification, problem solving, reflection on progress and necessary
direction chages while engaged in a long project, visual and verbal
Denise J., Milton HS