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PAINTING WITH FABRIC: HOW TWO ARTISTS MAKE QUILTS

In this lesson, students will view two segments from Craft in America’s QUILTS episode and will meet artists Victoria Findlay Wolfe, who creates new designs by altering traditional quilt block patterns, and Michael A. Cummings, who creates quilted portraits of prominent African Americans. Both artists refer to their quilt making as similar to painting, and students hear about the process each uses. After viewing the episode, students will compare and contrast how the artists work, how their quilts are used, and from where the artists get their inspiration. Finally, students will make a paper patchwork design, choosing to alter a traditional patchwork design or create a collaged portrait of a notable subject.

Grade level: 6-8

Episode: QUILTS

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Victoria Findlay Wolfe on her quilts

Victoria Findlay Wolfe on her grandmother quilt