Jan 22, 2013

Paper Quilts

Quiltmaking connects to studies in so many ways – history, math, patterning, even teamwork. I’m liking this project because it requires little prep work, and can result in one very large and cool “quilt” in about 45 minutes.

1. Cut paper into 4" squares. I like to use the slippery fingerpainting paper as the marker color just seems to glide on. Students use a protractor to make two curved lines. It is important that all the students make the curves the same way, with the corner of their paper touching the small center hole as shown. Remove the protractor to complete the inside curve.

2. Students add patterns and color as desired. As squares are completed, glue them down to a large sheet of paper with a glue stick. Arrange the circles so they complete each other. Let’s hear it for teamwork!

8 comments:

babysitting nj said...

Really its very informative blog for our child.The children should do their beautiful drawing by using a Protactor and pencil.

rennbridy said...

The timing couldn't be better for me to see this post today! My students are learning about mandalas and I was going to use a pre-printed mandala that then gets colored,
cut in fourths and pasted back together with someone else's parts. This is so much better! Thanks, Kathy. Remind everyone to keep voting for you.....you rock!

Linda Dunn said...

I love this. I am going to try it with the Alzheimer's patients I lead in an art class every week. Thanks for the great idea.

thefisherlady said...

it really is a great idea... actually, after a long day of work on the farm, I find it very rewarding and relaxing to come to your blog and see all the marvelously simple yet beautiful ideas! thank you!!!!

Sue Marrazzo said...

I love this...I will do this soon in my Youth Art Class!

Becky Butcher said...

This is a lovely project! I'd like to do something similar for my daughter's preschool auction. Any suggestions on how or what to glue painted squares onto so it can be hung? Canvas? Or maybe a foam board put into a frame? also, would a watered down glue brushed over the squares make the paint run? Any ideas would be helpful.
Thanks! rebecca.butcher@gmail.com

Christy Schuler said...

I found this while searching for a lesson for a sub in the art room... wanted them to still use creative juices... but get it done in one are period so that I did not have to finish it up when I got back... IT WAS A HIT!!!! The kids were engaged... my sub is not familiar with the Art room and curriulum and HE LOVED IT as well. My teachers told me that he kept having them come in to "look at what your class did today~"
Thank you so much for sharing... I will some day give back with a blog as well...

Kathy Barbro said...

Thanks Christy,
You made my day with such great news about your class. I really think this is one of my favorites for the year too. Thanks for taking time out to write. :)