Thursday, April 25, 2013

1st grade Gee's Bend Quilt Collages

Gee's Bend is a small community in Alabama that believes in tradition and family.  The women of Gee's Bend became famous when their quilt designs were noticed and admired.  1st graders discussed the "function" of some art and thought about the purpose of artwork.  Students listened to poems written about the culture of quilt-making and the traditions that are past down from generation to generation. 

Students created a collage using construction paper.  We discussed how to create interesting designs using patterns and elements of art.  Students practiced using good craftsmanship by keeping their artwork neat and clean. 

I will display them all together like one big quilt, but here are a few individual examples. 


  1. Very nice results! I just finished up a Gee's Bend lesson with my Kindergarten students. I always enjoy talking about these artists with the kids.

  2. I just discovered your blog. Glad it is Sunday, because I had time to flip through all your great ideas!!

    1. Welcome Christie! Thank you for the nice comment

  3. Hi, great blog! I'm glad I came across it. I particularly like the Ndebele painted houses out of paper bags, it's a great idea and a great way to use recycled materials!