Faith Ringgold’s Story Quilts
Children will learn about artist Faith Ringgold as they create paper quilts inspired by her art.
By: Kristi Lane, San Antonio, TX. Images: MrsBrownArt.com
What You Need:
- Watercolor, canvas or other heavy paper
- Watercolors or other paint/brushes
- Fabric scraps and paper scraps
- Fine tip black marker
What You Do:
- Talk to your students about Faith Ringgold and if possible, share some of her work with your students.
- Explain that your students will be creating a mixed media creation inspired by the work of Faith Ringgold.
- Have students paint a scene from memory on the paper. This is how Faith Ringgold creates her images as well.
- They can then glue fabric or paper scraps as a “quilt” border.
- They can also use pictures from the fabric as part of the scene, i.e. if there is a bird in the fabric, they can cut it out and glue it in the sky or on a branch, etc.
- Encourage them to continue to work and add items and images to their creations.
- Display the finished work and discuss it.
- This could be worked into a writing lesson where students create a story around their art work.
About the Artist:
Faith Ringgold was born in Harlem in 1930. She received a degree in art education from the City College of New York and was an art teacher long before she became a professional artist. She is best known for her painted story quilts but also creates sculptures, mosaics, performance art and children’s books.
Amy also has a wonderful Power Point Presentation which you can download for help with this lesson plan.