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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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STREET ART


BLU - Mural in Livorno

BLU - Mural in Livorno

 

 
Grade 3 – Ms. Germanier

Volunteers – Mike Ciacciarelli, Adrienne Winner, Alison White

Project Synopsis:

We introduced the children to the concept of street art vs. graffiti.  We talked about how the use of public space for permissible art projects can help beautify a cityscape instead of detract from it.  We looked at a “reverse graffiti” project from San Francisco, the large-scale mural work of Italian artist Blu, and finally we looked at how the Brazilian duo 6EMEIA have been colorizing the sewer drains of Sao Paolo.  To expand upon the idea of “reverse graffiti” the children used scratch tools on black scratch paper to reveal bright colors underneath.  In this way, they showed how there is much color and creativity beneath the layers of pollution and dirt.  As a take-home, they were given simple outlines of a 6EMEIA sewer drain and encouraged to color the space as they would if given the opportunity to paint a sidewalk in Oak Park.

 

 

6EMEIA - Bunny Sewer Drain

6EMEIA - Bunny Sewer Drain

 

6EMEIA - Mouse Sewer Drain

6EMEIA - Mouse Sewer Drain

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NOTE:  We used a laptop connected to the Epson projector in the classroom to show examples of street art and play the movies.

 

Examples of Kids' Scratch Art "Reverse" Graffiti

Examples of Reverse Graffiti from Ms. Germanier's Class

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PAUL KLEE – Art & Music

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Grade 3 – Mrs. Peterson

Volunteers – Jill Goldstein

Project Synopsis: 

We created a set of paintings that were inspired by Paul Klee’s art and his love of music.  We listened to Telemann’s Suite from “La Bizarre” and Gato Barbieri’s jazz saxaphone while working on the paintings. 

We discussed how music can influence the type of mark that is made on the page as well as the colors that an artist may choose to work with.  We also talked about making art that does not mimic what a camera can produce, but creating a new world for the audience. 

Art Vocabulary Words:
Line, Wash, Mark, Color Field, Pattern, Movement, Texture

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