A Study of Threads
We've been looking at slides of art from various artists and cultures. All share a common thread - they were sewn. The quilts of Gees Bend are celebrated for their stunning compositions; they are wonderful studies of art elements. Gees Bend is a remote area off the coast of Alabama. Once a cotton plantation, the residents are descendants of slaves from Africa. A visiting minister discovered the quilts hanging on clotheslines, and was amazed by their beauty. He sent a few to a friend in New York, and soon the quilts were hanging in museums! These quilts sparked some lively artful thinking among our Stage III children. Their interpretations of the designs and observations were exciting! Next, we looked at artists making very different art with needle and thread. Among them was Dolores Slowinski, from Detroit. As one child said, " The Gees Bend quilts have many more shapes, but Dolores put a lot of thought into how she used shapes too." Showing them diverse approaches to art shows the children that there are many ways to be successful! The children will also have the option of adding sewn elements. Here we are creating our own compositions with shapes:
Later, the children had the option of incorporating sewing into their compositions. It's been an interesting process!
Our textural paintings are mostly finished! We layered acrylic paint, modeling paste and a medium containing sand. We investigated various textures, while solving compositional challenges.