Quilt Batik

Quilt Batik

In conjunction with a study of marine animals and plants, students make a Sea Life Quilt with a block designed by each student. Students begin by drawing an animal they have studied, and then use the batik process to complete the work. The class discusses how to order the finished blocks to make the quilt, which is then displayed at the school.

Grade 1
Content Area Science
Key Benchmark SC 1.3.1: Identify the requirements of plants and animals to survive (e.g. food, air, light, water)

Art Form Visual Arts
Art Benchmark FA 1.1.1: Use various types of art media
School Year 2008-2009
Artist Lisa Folden
Unit Plan

Lesson Plans

LP 1 Making the Drawing

Students are introduced to the project, learning that a quilt is made up of many individual blocks. It is explained that they will each make one block for a class quilt. Students look at many pictures of sea creatures, both above and below the water. Then they choose the creatures they will include in their own block and begin to draw.

Lp 2 Tracing on Fabric

Each student is given a 12x12 piece of lightweight fabric. The students put the fabric over their paper drawings and trace the picture onto the fabric with a pencil. The paper drawings are collected and each student is given a piece of foil to put under the fabric. Then they begin tracing the design on the fabric with glue. This then needs to dry overnight.

LP 3 Painting!

Students use with acrylic paints on their fabric designs. Again these will dry overnight.

LP 4 Composing the Quilt

Working together as a class, students try out various placements for the individual blocks that make up the quilt. Some blocks will have more white than others, some more blue or green. They try different compositions until they are satisfied. Then each student signs his or her own block. If time allows, they will hear a story about a quilt.

LP 5 Assembling the Quilt

Prior to this session, the artist sews a bottom on each block and borders for the sides, puts fiberfill on the back of each block, adds a fabric backing for the whole thing, and sews it together. Students see the finished quilt and are allowed to sit on it while hearing a story about a dolphin and a whale. Student volunteers hand tie the layers together with small pieces of yarn, using a large needle to pierce through, and then tying a knot.

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Drawing on fabric, after the glue has been applied
Miss Lisa shows how to use the paints to get the effect you want
Students look at some of the finished work for the day