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Faith Ringgold’s Story Quilts

Faith Ringgold’s Story Quilts
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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
  • Glue
  • Fine tip black marker

What You Do:

  1. Talk to your students about Faith Ringgold and if possible, share some of her work with your students.
  2. Explain that your students will be creating a mixed media creation inspired by the work of Faith Ringgold.
  3. Have students paint a scene from memory on the paper. This is how Faith Ringgold creates her images as well.
  4. They can then glue fabric or paper scraps as a “quilt” border.
  5. 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.
  6. Encourage them to continue to work and add items and images to their creations.
  7. Display the finished work and discuss it.
  8. 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.

Resources:

All images courtesy of Amy Brown and her students at Hemenway Elementary School. Visit Amy’s website – MrsBrownArt.com – to find all sorts of wonderful art lessons for K – 5th graders.

Amy also has a wonderful Power Point Presentation which you can download for help with this lesson plan.

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