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Monday, July 24, 2023

Faith Ringgold Style Story Quilts


This is a great back to school art project because you could have students illustrate their favourite event/activity from summer vacation. This project is inspired by the story quilts created by American artist Faith Ringgold

I have posted previously about this lesson- check HERE for all the instructions and background info. 
Lesson plan this is loosely based on HERE.

I have a template I made on 11 x 17" photocopy paper. I've updated it to include a thin border where the kids write their sentence describing the event. 
In the center of the paper, students illustrate a favourite memory. Of course, you could make it more specific (summer vacation, family event, etc.) but I always make it general. 
I have them colour it in using coloured pencils and they can also outline everything in ultra fine sharpie.

I have pre-cut cardboard squares that students use as a template. They fit the border around the illustration. They use these to trace onto magazine pages. Look for interesting colours or textures and patterns. 

Some students choose a theme of colours or images. 

Glue them around the border using a glue stick. 

Once glued, you can trim off any rough overhanging edges with scissors.

Finally, add faux stitch marks using a black fine sharpie.

Grade 4, 5 and 6 artworks. I mount them onto construction paper for a nice border and added weight. 

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