Since gaining national attention on NBC’s “The Voice,” singer Melanie Martinez has been making a name for herself. She released her first EP, “The Dollhouse” in 2014, and is about to finish a nationwide tour. Her full-length debut album “Cry Baby” is set to release on Atlantic Records this spring. Martinez, 19, proved to [...]Read more →
Today’s media sexually objectifies women to sell anything and everything. Our acceptance and tolerance of this behavior is the result of a sad truth that women are seen as “parts” while men are seen as “whole people.” This mentality has been ingrained in our minds so much that we sometimes miss or unconsciously accept [...]Read more →
One should never underestimate the drive of an individual, no matter how many obstacles they must overcome. In this day and age, millions of undocumented people living in the United States must jump hurdles symbolized as the rhetoric of laws, the rhetoric of hate, a poor economic status and the stagnant delay of a corroding [...]Read more →
One of the duties of Associate Dean Hector Munoz is to assist the adjunct instructors at Morton College. This March will mark Munoz’s seventh year at Morton College. Born and raised in Chicago and the son of immigrant parents, Munoz never forgot where he came from. He has earned four bachelor’s degrees and three [...]Read more →
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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