First graders connection with children's literacy and the visual arts began the year with Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach. I read the book, Tar Beach to the kids, and inspired the first grade students to create their own personal happy memory quilt square. To begin making their art, students drew a scene of their favorite memory from the previous summer on a 9X9" square piece of paper. They used black sharpies, crayola markers and tempera cake paints to create the work. The students attached the mixed media memory drawing to a 12x12" square. Next the cut out squares of wrapping paper and glued them around the perimeter of to create a colorful quilt like quality to the art.
Here's Faith Ringgold's "Tar Beach" Quilt...
1st Grade response to "Tar Beach" Quilt assignment:
All three 1st grade classes displayed in the front of the Art Room at Bell School...wow!