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Red/Black/Green Found Collage

Kevin Beasley’s Who’s Afraid to Listen to Red, Black and Green? features three large-scale sculptures created out of found objects. Pulled from the material of red, black, or green T-shirts, each sculpture shows one color of the African-American flag. 

Inspired by inHarlem: Kevin Beasley, a site-specific installation in Morningside Park, create your own transformative work of art using found objects.  If possible, try incorporating materials of a particular color or pattern that reflect something of importance, such as shared memory, personal identity, or community activity.  

Textured plate shape sculpture on pedestal in a park

Kevin Beasley
Who’s Afraid to Listen to Red, Black and Green? (installation view), 2016


Key Words

  • Composition: the way in which something is put together or arranged
  • Layer: to place objects, images or materials on top of one another 
  • Resin: a sticky organic substance often used as a protective layer in art



  • Cardboard  
  • Black paint 
  • Scissors 
  • Elmer’s Glue or Mod Podge 
  • Paintbrush 
  • Found paper and/or old clothing



  1. Collect paper and old fabric (such as T-shirts or other items you no longer use) that are red, black, and/or green from around your home or community.
  2. Tear or cut your found materials into interesting shapes.
  3. Once all the shapes are cut, find a piece of cardboard and have an adult help you cut it into a large circle. 
  4. Paint your cardboard circle black.
  5. Use Mod Podge or Elmers glue to collage your found materials into a composition by layering shapes and colors. You can also paint a thin coat of glue on top of your composition for a glossy resin-like effect!