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Collage workshop
Collaging is life: Recap on the collaging workshop for Black History Month

By Arielle Vega | Posted March 6, 2015

Collaging is a form of art that involves cutting, pasting and putting things together in unique ways. For Black History Month, Morton College celebrated by having workshops on African-American culture. The collaging workshop that took place on Wednesday, Feb. 11 was inspired by Romeo Bearden.






A North Carolina native, Bearden traveled to Harlem, N.Y. and greatly contributed to the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s. He was not only a well-known collage artist in the 1900s, he also was a painter. Also he was constantly surrounded by famous jazz artists like Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.


Bearden was able to create so much emotion in his work. If a picture is worth a thousand words, his collages must have been worth 10 times that. If you can put enough emotion into your work it will shine through. The same rules apply with color— depending on the environment, a single color can speak volumes.



“You put down one color, and it calls for an answer. You have to look at it like a melody,” Bearden once said. Simply by doing this he became a great inspiration to the Civil Rights movement in the following decades.



Anyone can be an artist—it just takes the right inspiration to do so. Bearden was inspired by everyday events because they had an impact on him. In that spirit, Morton College students that attended the workshop created collages of their own.







When asked, most students admitted not knowing what direction to go with this project while others knew right away. Some were inspired by parks or their families. As the construction of the collages continued, students became totally focused on what they were working on. All it took was the right tools and some smooth jazz.



“My purpose is to paint the people as I know it.” –Romeo Bearden

“Collage is like life. You take what you get and work with it.” –Romeo Bearden


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