Finishing Picasso and Faith Ringgold Story Quilting

At the end of November the students finished up their Picasso soft sculptures. This required the front and back pieces to be sewn together (I brought in my machine) and then adding embellishments to their work. At the start of the process, the students seemed to be wary of how they were going to turn out, but in the end they were pleased with the results.

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The final project was based on the work of Faith Ringgold. While she has explored several media, she is best known for her story quilting. The idea behind this project was to have the students use this method to visually express their personal artist statement. We looked at Tar Beach as our example of Ringgold’s style.

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She uses many types of fabric and illustrative imagery to tell the stories in her quilts, and I wanted the students to use this model when thinking about their artist statement. After looking at Ringgold’s work, we talked about artist statements and their importance. Here are some of the questions we used to get us thinking: How have you grown as a result of exploring certain themes in your work? Which artists influence your work or which references inspire your work?

The students were then given 8″x8″ squares of muslin to use as a base. They were encouraged to use many types of fabric with various textures to express themselves. Some chose to use text and others didn’t. Either way the results were as unique as they are.
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I was so glad to meet each of the students and wish them well in their future artistic endeavors. If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for next semester at Potomac Arts Academy. 
Happy Holidays,
Leanna
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