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Quilting (Art Zone)

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Art Zone - Bridges to the Future

Marty Lawrence

P.O. Box 949
Flint, MI 48501



Activity Description

Sixth to eighth graders designed fabrics‚ sewed quilt blocks which included signatures of Program Steering Committee members‚ and tied the quilt sandwich at a celebration quilt bee. Students tie-died‚ stamped‚ and marbled fabrics to learn about color and pattern throughout the session. To learn sewing skills‚ they created thread-art pictures‚ soft-sculpture pincushions out of felt‚ ornaments or figurines‚ personal pillows for their rooms or for gift-giving‚ all of which emphasized home art life skills. Quilt bee guests included parents‚ administration‚ and staff who were taught to tie the quilt and shared conversation and refreshments.

Number of Students Involved in This Activity: 30

Range of Student Ages: Nine to thirteen years old

Duration of Activity: Six weeks

Relevant Contextual or Demographic Information: No

Academic ContentWhat is the academic content of this activity? Literacy Math
Creative expression‚ imagination‚ hand-eye coordination‚ measuring‚ following a pattern and instructions are all involved. Literacy is included because children must read and comprehend the directions in order to make their quilt. They must also make a mixture‚ a "marbled" (a thickening mixture: Paint is then thrown on material and swirled)‚ which involves science and math. The students must mix the right amount of ingredients to make the marbler.

Strong RelationshipsHow does this activity create strong relationships?
Students and the teacher must work as a team. This creates the opportunity to achieve a hands-on goal together‚ impossible for a single person to do on their own. Additionally‚ there is opportunity to share ideas‚ feelings‚ and thoughts in a modern day quilting bee. Developing the quilt is a community project. The artist who helps them design all of their work is an artist in residency who was hired to work with the school‚ and she develops close relationships with all of the children. The activity created close relationships with other adults from the community because the children had to teach them how to tie the quilt.

Decision MakingWhat opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
Students must select colors and fabrics that have youth appeal‚ and they must follow correct hand-sewing techniques. Also‚ students help with the quilt bee planning.

Student LeadershipWhat student leadership opportunities are there?
Students act as the Art Zone photographer as well as the snack and supply captain. All students have a say in fabric placement.


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