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Fw: African American Artists, second posting

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Stephanie Ignazio (smi)
Fri, 19 Feb 1999 12:14:09 -0500

here is a repeat of my Faith Ringgold lesson to all that requested it. If
you need any further info, just let me know!! Stephanie
-----Original Message-----
From: Stephanie Ignazio <smi>
To: Nora Redfern <nredfern>
Cc: artsed <artsednet>
Date: Thursday, February 18, 1999 1:57 PM
Subject: Re: African American Artists

>Nora, You may want to tak e alook at the website that
>has artist Faith Ringgold listed..I believe its called "any1canfly". It
>gives alot of helpful info about the artist and her work. I did my lesson
>Faith with my third graders. We read the story "Tar Beach" discussed the
>artists life and her chosen media of fabric (how different) etc. Then each
>one of my third grade classes did a different take on the project. One
>did individual "I can Fly" quilts. We discussed what building they would
>want to own if they could fly over it..their answers ranged from zoos, to
>banks (!) to museums to the white house! One class did two large class
>murals: We had two volunteers from each group paint the bridge...then
>everyone else was designing their building from cut paper, then each
>designed a square resembling a quilt square to complete the edging of the
>"quilt". It was enormous but extremely effective and many diiferent skills
>were involved so it was well worth it. Then everyone drew themselves
>flying..and we glued it all together. great results! Other classes did
>individual quilts of their own..same pricipals but designed a quilt-like
>border of 3 by 3 squares on a 18 by 24 around the 12 by 18 collage with
>markers (overwriters are great for this) in individual squares. Collage was
>inside for building and themselves..add glitter for magical flight..very
>cute! Other classes did a larger 24 by 36 of the individual project just
>bigger and group harmonized..this works for the classrooms that need to
>on community harmony. All in all, the projects were fabulous and make for a
>wonderful display. The kids really responded to the artist and her concept
>of telling stories through her artwork about her life. I may take it one
>step further and have them design their building using the subtractive
>method of clay. Then have them draw themselves on paper and connect to
>building with a pipe cleaner. I did this at a workshop and it was very
>cute!!! The unit I am developing would incorporate storytelling, music,
>poetry and maybe drama as well as the visual if you have any
>ideas..let me know. Hope this all made sense!!
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Nora Redfern <nredfern>
>To: Stephanie Ignazio <smi>
>Date: Thursday, February 18, 1999 1:27 PM
>Subject: Re: African American Artists
>>Stephanie - That's also what I'm currently working on. I'd like to know
>>what've you've put together on Faith Ringold.
>>I made a copy of John Biggers' The Cradle and then used white-out to
>>block out much of the crosshatching. I had planned to display the large
>>print of The Cradle, then let students try their hand at crosshatching
>>on their own individual copies using charcoal or.....
>>Since I'm a first year teaching everything feels like such a gamble and
>>some ideas work and others have failed miserably. I'm working with
>>middle school students. Have you checked out The Web of Life: The ARt of
>>John Biggers website?
>>I'd like to continue collaborating with you on this. Nora