Kids Create: Modern Collage for The Culture

Powe-Maynard, Iman

February is black history month, and today, on Valentine's Day, kids can celebrate their love of black culture while honoring artists who made beautiful impacts on the world of modern art.

At Paerdegat Library we chose to honor three black modern artists whose names/surnames begin with the letter B: Romare Bearden, Betye Saar and Jean Michel Basquiat. These artists used various art mediums, or elements, to create different types of art that included collages, assemblages, graffiti, cartoons, paintings and prints.

You can make a collage out of anything, and we used materials that were available at the library: magazines, flyers, and printed photos of our artist honorees, as well as a few printed pieces of their work. We also included additional images that relate to black culture (like the Black Panther and author Ta-Nehisi Coates).

3Bs: Basquiat, Bearden, Betye Saar


Also, check out these works by black illustrators available at the library (linked):

Carole Byard

Shane Evans

Vashti Harrison

Jerry Pinkney

James Ransome

Faith Ringgold

John Steptoe

Continue to learn from black modern artists with this booklist, Black Modern Art for Kids and Teens.

Happy Valentine's Day!




This blog post reflects the opinions of the author and does not necessarily represent the views of Brooklyn Public Library.


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