Here is a link to the museum that currently holds this piece: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
1970; paper, cloth, and paint on board; 48 in. x 35 7/8 in. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, USA Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, The Ella Gallup Summer and Mary Catlin Summer Collection Fund Art © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, USA. www.vagarights.com
In this lesson, students will:
- Analyze Bearden’s use of collage and paint to tell the story of the Queen of Sheba
- Identify how Bearden’s use of color, line, shape, and texture gives rhythm to the collage
- Describe the use of positive and negative space, angular lines, and geometric shapes
- Sketch figures in proportion
- Create abstract figure collages, using textured and colored paper, that communicate the feeling of rhythm
Lesson Teaching Notes
A document of summary pages on the lesson’s Key Concepts, Vocabulary, Discussion Questions, Artist Points, and Project Directions.
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Common Core Standards
Craft and Structure:
Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.
Comprehension and Collaboration:
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.
Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.
Reason with shapes and their attributes.
Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and three-sided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes.
Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.1
- Identify the torso of each figure.
- Find parts of the collage that show negative space.
- Look for examples of overlapping shapes.
- Look for patterns that create rhythm.
- Identify what part of each figure uses geometric shapes.
- Identify contrasting colors and warm and cool colors used together.
- Describe step by step how the artwork was made, emphasizing media and technique.
- Describe the actual and visual texture in your own work of art.
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