Lewis and Clark fourth-grade students interpret famous artists' styles for quilt

About a year ago, a quilting friend of mine, Lisa Walser, told me about an exciting project she was doing with some sixth graders at Alberton School. Lisa and another quilter, Connie Running, wanted to see if kids could emulate an artist's style in the form of a fabric art square that would then be made into a wall hanging. The project involved the kids studying an artist, (both the artist's life and influences), as well as the style of the artist. After spending a few weeks researching the artist, the kids would then produce a class theme in that artist's style. The Alberton kids chose dogs as their theme and then proceeded to draw dogs in the style of Picasso, Monet, Grandma Moses and others. From those drawings, Connie and Lisa helped them transform their drawings into quilt squares by piecing scraps of fabric. The result was astounding. With many of the pieces, if you knew the artist, you could immediately pick out the square in the final wall hanging.

I was so taken with the project, I encouraged Lisa and Connie to try it with my fourth-graders. We started the project by having the district art teacher, Janet Potts, come and share her knowledge of the artists as well as prints of their artwork. The kids then spent a week and a half studying the artist. They picked the theme of Mickey Mouse to use in their artwork. After they made their drawings, Connie and Lisa spent two days with the kids helping them put their fabric squares together. The quilters then put the squares together in a wall hanging that will be displayed at Lewis and Clark School. The great thing about this project was the way so many people came together to guide a learning experience with children. Parents helped the kids with research at home, the art teacher helped provide background knowledge for the students, I guided the research, writing projects, and initial artwork, and two community members provided the talents and expertise to pull it all together into a piece of art. We feel lucky to have been able to participate in such a meaningful project.

- Jane McAllister

PAUL GAUGUIN

Born in Paris

Colors-red clouds, yellow sky.

"Blue Trees," "Riders

on the Beach."

Lived with Van Gogh,

didn't get along.

A colorful painter.

JARED BRANNUM

JOHN AUDUBON

John Audubon

Painted birds that he saw.

Naturalist.

He roamed the Pennsylvania

countryside.

Dancer and ice skating.

He was born in 1785,

died in 1851.

He loved animals.

ETHAN BERG

JOSEPH STELLA

Born in 1877

New York City,

Brooklyn Bridge

influenced him.

Very bright colors.

Blue, red, black, gold, silver,

Geometric lines and shapes.

Flowers, people, bridges.

Realistic.

PRESTON SPOTTED-EAGLE

MONTE DOLACK

Monte Dolack,

Born in Great Falls, Montana

Wildlife, bright colors,

realistic scenes.

Accurate colors, influenced

by C.M. Russell.

Animals' relationship

with humans.

SEAN NICCOLUCCI

CLAUDE MONET

Born in Paris, France.

Water, flowers, blurry,

creative, bright.

Tranquil blues, purples, pinks.

Delicate trees, flowers.

Lived by gorgeous landscapes.

Used pastel paints,

never used pencils.

Blooming flowers,

dazzling trees and water.

Utterly amazing.

Always seems like magic.

Everything seems peaceful.

Claude Monet

SAQUOIA SPAAN

JIM DAVIS

Jim Davis draws Garfield

cartoons, because he had

asthma when young.

Stayed in house often on

family farm.

Still alive and well.

Davis puts cartoons

in newspapers.

Garfield loves lasagna

and sleep,

Watching TV, kicking Odie.

Fights over recliner

with Jon-owner.

Humorous

MIRANDA MARKLAND

MARY CASSATT

Mary Cassatt

Born in America

Dark, vibrant colors.

With child in bath.

Influenced by Degas.

Only woman in the

impressionists.

Children, mothers,

soft gentle colors.

TESSA GREENE

GEORGES SEURAT

Georges Seurat

Born in Paris, France, 1859.

Wonderful, beautiful holiday

wonder arts.

Sceneries of fun, classic

entertainment.

Primary colors for all of his art!

Blue, red and other colors

make soft shades of more colors!

Pointillism was Seurat.

Made up his real new style.

His art makes me feel alive!

HALEY BOYER

GEORGIA O'KEEFE

Georgia O'Keefe

Born in Wisconsin

Realistic, elegant flowers

Red Poppies

Vibrant yellows, soft blues

and reds

"Summer Days,"

Desert bones and flowers

in New Mexico

influenced her work.

Her stormy skies make me

feel like something bad

has happened.

KAYLA EDWARDS

PAUL KLEE

Paul Klee

Born in Sweden.

Geometric shapes.

Unbelievable paintings.

Dark people, in darkened rooms.

Artistically moved

by de Goya and Enser.

Dark lines around his

last paintings.

Dark paints. Astonishing.

KARA GRADY-LANDOLFI

ANDY WARHOL

Andy Warhol

Born in Pittsburgh

Paints famous people,

food, cartoons

Big tomato soup cans,

or 100 small cans

Everyday objects

Original art

Placed on canvas and

inked from the back.

ROBBIE SCHIED

GRANDMA MOSES

Born in New York.

Started painting in her 70s.

Used house paint

for early paintings.

Lived to be 101 years old.

Small, country sights,

snowy mountains.

Minute people, houses,

plants, trees.

Happy scenes.

Grandma Moses.

LENG MOUA

CHARLIE RUSSELL

Charlie Russell

Born in Missouri

Countryside, horses,

cowboys, Indians,

colored grass.

Blue, brown, light grass.

Painted with water color.

Swirls, mosaic suns.

TOYIN ADELEKE

SALVADOR DALI

Salvador Dali

Born in Mexico.

Crazy, weird.

People falling apart,

dark skies.

Surrealist.

Black, navy blue.

Melting clocks,

backward bodies.

Oil paints.

HILARY RANDLES

M.C. ESCHER

Born in Leewarden, Holland.

Beautiful blue, and

red glass windows.

Fractal serpent

and stained floors.

Inspired by Bach.

Fantastic serpents

going different ways.

Died in 1972.

CALEB MOORE

HENRI MATISSE

A French artist

Bright, joyful paper collages.

Simple shapes.

Orange-shows love

or gentleness,

Red-shows excitement

on fire.

And green to show growth

or change.

JORDAN MOORS

EDGAR DEGAS

Edgar Degas

Born in 1834.

Movement, ballerinas, race horses

Dancing, moving people

Used paint, chalk and charcoal.

Unique colors like soft violets,

bright greens and vivid reds.

KORTNEY FOREMAN

VINCENT VAN GOGH

Born in 1848

Swirls and stars.

Blue, yellow, black

in starry night.

Swirls in the sky.

Lived with Paul Gauguin.

Wind very curly, very swirly.

Like crazy swirls. In the sky.

Bright night, magical.

A book dealer and artist.

Guess who?

Vincent Van Gogh

NIC RILEY

PABLO PICASSO

Distorted faces.

His pictures are out in space.

They are out of place!

He makes pictures like puzzles.

Pablo Picasso

is his famous name.

HELENA CROSS

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