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Thursday, February 18, 2010

photomontages on the theme of justice

In honor of Black History month, the sixth graders have been studying the life and artwork of African American artist, Romare Bearden. The students learned that Bearden founded a group called "spiral," which served the purpose of gathering visual artists and writers together in their support of the Civil Rights Movement. Romare Bearden created socially conscious collages that depicted the inequalities present within America at that time.

In response to viewing Romare Bearden's art, the students were given the task of creating their own socially conscious collage. They were given various quotations on the topics of civil rights, women's rights, freedom of speech, and peace. Below are some of the students' interpretations of these quotes:

"Peace is the only battle worth waging." --Albert Camus

"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sones of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood. --Martin Luther King Jr.

"Peace is the only battle worth waging." --Albert Camus

"There was never a good war or bad peace." --Benjamin Franklin

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