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Amish Quilting

Third Grade – Mrs. Peterson

May 21, 2009

Project Synopsis:

Today in Art Appreciation, Mrs. Peterson’s students learned about the history of Amish Quilting in the United States. They learned that the tradition of Amish quilting began in the late 1800’s. the quilts were very conservative in pattern and color, consisting mainly of black, blue, rust or brown. Cotton or wool was used to construct the quilt. Their quilts began as whole cloth quilts and then moved to large piece quilts. By the 1940’s, the Amish were using brighter colors, pastels and even some printed fabrics to make their quilts.

Quilting is done by the women of the community, during the winter months, when they are not needed outside to help on the farm as much. The Amish traditionally make quilts for weddings, babies, friendship and fundraisers. Today, however, quilting bees are held to produce quilts to be sold to the general public and raise money for the Amish community.

Our project involved creating a 9 patch quilt block using various colored and patterned paper. We discussed the importance of MATH and MEASURING in respect to creating consistent patters.

-lesson conducted by Jill Goldstein

Art Vocabulary Words:

Quilt Sandwich: The 3 essential layers of a quilt consisting of the top, batting and the backing.

Nine Patch: The quilt patter made from 9 equally sized squares, 3 across and 3 down.

Quilting Bee: A social gathering of people to work on and complete a given task, in this case, a quilt.

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Kindergarten PM – Mr. Jerkatis

Volunteeers – Gina Robbins

Project Synopsis:  

Mr.  Jekatis’ PM Kindergarten class learned about Native American Art and the Native Americans’ respect for the natural world.  We read the book, Giving Thanks:  A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp and then painted pictures on bark paper of items from the natural world for which we are thankful.  We decorated the borders of our paintings with signs and symbols from the Plains tribes.

Instructions:  Paint a picture on bark paper of an aspect of nature for which you are thankful.  Create a border to your painting using Native American symbols.


  • Bark or natural fiber paper with 2-inch border drawn in pencil
  • Tempera paints
  • paper cups (to fill with water)
  • small and large brushes
  • handout of Native American designs and symbols
  • pencil


Step One

While children are learning about Native American art and traditions, place a sheet of bark paper, a handout of symbols and one small and one large brush at each student’s place.  Place plates with 4-5 colors of tempera paint and cups of water to be shared between students.


Step Two

Have the children return to their seats and turn their paper over and write their names on the back.  Have them return their paper to the side that has a penciled border.  Tell them to think of something in nature that they are thankful for. Some examples are:  a tree, a bird, a fish, a lake, etc.


Step Three

Have the children pick up their large brushes and begin painting a picture of that one thing in the middle of their papers.  Remind them that if they need to change color, they can use the water to wash their brushes.  Play some traditional music as they work.


Step Four

When they have finished painting their nature images, ask them to study the handout of symbols and invite them to decorate their borders with those symbols using their smaller brush and black paint.  As they complete their paintings, record what children have painted on index cards to later be displayed with each painting.

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