Tar Beach

For Black History month in February I teach my students about the African American artist Faith Ringgold and her style of art, which was Quilting.  My favorite story to do is Tar Beach.  I have my students imagine that they can fly, and ask them to draw themselves flying over their favorite place with their favorite person.  they then write a story behind their picture around the frame.  We then add lots of fabric to frame their story and place them altogether to design our very own class quilt.  Here is a picture of my door.  I like to always motivate them with a door design theme.

Tar Beach Door
                                                   Art Room Door
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                                            Grade 3 Student working on Story quilt
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                                                                          Story Quilt Display
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                                                                      Story Quilt Display

Tar Beach Class Quilt

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