Pink cupcakes and heart-shaped cookies and Valentine’s candies and Valentines……and then After-School Art Club! Too good to be true? No, seriously. Last Thursday just happened to be Valentine’s Day as well as Art Club. Mr. Kerr’s third-graders had a fabulous after-party celebrating African American History Month.
We talked about the collage artworks of Romare Bearden. Then each participant created their own radial-design, valentine art piece by cutting, tearing magazine strips, copies of sheet music and tissue paper, gluing and adding details with crayon.
Students were so involved and creative. What a difference these art experiences have made in these youngsters lives ….in less than a year.
If you teach a person art, they will art for life! With these students, I see the evidence of increased confidence, creativity, problem-solving and being able to talk about decisions/choices in front of the group.
“You put down one color, it calls for another. You have to look at it like a melody.” Romare BeardenTo set the tone, we also listened to jazz, Romare Bearden revealed by Branford Marsalis Quartet, from TSCPL CD collection.
Other books about Romare bearden in the stacks: