Monday, September 13, 2010

Take Home Activity: Quilt Mosaics

Starting today through Friday, September 17 the Program Room will be closed for some scheduled improvements and maintenance. In the meantime, here's a studio art experience you can try out at home! With a new school year, you may have some extra artwork hanging on your refrigerator or piling up on your desk. What is a grown up to do? RE-USE it! Invite your child to see their artwork in a whole new way with recycled Quilt Mosaics.

Materials:
• Old Artwork
• Scissors
• Glue Sticks
• Construction Paper

Implementation:
• Help your child to cut up their old artwork into different shapes. Explain to them that by taking their old work and combining it together- they are creating a new super work of art. Hint: You can trace the shapes onto your paper then cut or use a more freehand approach.
• Explain to your child how quilts are made (piecing scraps together) and used (as bedding, a throw, clothing, etc.). Show the children an example of a real quilt (from the Quilt’s of Gee’s Bend). Invite them to use their scraps and glue to create a quilt on paper.
• Practice fitting the pieces you’ve created together, side by side or overlap them.
• Remember to keep the activity child-directed by allowing your little one to be the boss! Art time is a great time to exercise your child’s ability to make independent choices and decisions.

Discussion and Information:
• Since fabric had to be woven by hand (this took a very long time to do), every scrap was precious.
• People held quilting parties so they could exchange scraps and fabric pieces to in order to obtain unique scraps and different colors.
• Colonists made the pieces into a patchwork, laying the pieces in pretty designs before stitching the whole thing together. From Colonial Kids – An Activity Guide to Life in the New World by Laurie Carlson
• Quilting is also a good way to reuse something that might otherwise have been thrown away. Try talking about other objects that might be used to create art or something useful – from trash to treasure. Other examples: Scrap Paper, Straws, Floral Foam, Leaves

Quilt Mosaic fun will resume on Saturday, September 18th!

No comments:

Post a Comment

We're all about learning through play.

Join Pinky, one of Please Touch Museum's resident puppets, on an inside look into all the fun, educational things happening at Philly's Children's Museum. This blog is not just about what we do at the museum, but about the educational philosophy behind why we do what we do.