Not all artists start out as artists. Sometimes the earn a degree in mathematics, write songs and work their way over to visual arts.
Romare Bearden began college at Lincoln University, transferred to Boston University and completed his studies at New York University (NYU), graduating with a degree in education. While at NYU, Bearden took extensive courses in art and was a lead cartoonist and then art editor for the monthly journal The Medley. He had also been art director of Beanpot, the student humor magazine of Boston University. Bearden published many journal covers during his university years and the first of numerous texts he would write on social and artistic issues. He also attended the Art Students League in New York and later, the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1935, Bearden became a weekly editorial cartoonist for the Baltimore Afro-American, which he continued doing until 1937.
Bearden was also a respected writer and an eloquent spokesman on artistic and social issues of the day. Continue reading his biography on the Bearden Foundation site.
His site includes lesson plans for all ages. You should really explore them here!
Here him speak as he shares about his art and music and how the culminate.