Created by Mineola High School in collaboration with Adelphi University in Garden City, NY
Organizers: Maryanne Beach and Cindy Maguire
Title: Quilt of Aspirations
Dream Theme: Aspirations (Visionary)
Materials and techniques used: Materials: muslin cloth, thread, caron dache water-soluable crayons, permanent markers. For the drawings, students worked free hand and/or used reference materials from on-line, magazines, and books. Each drawn square was then sewn onto a cloth backing to create the quilt piece.
Participants: Group Leaders: Cindy Maguire, Assistant Professor Adelphi University and Maryanne Beach, Educator, Mineola High School and students
College Students: Michelle, Jassana, Michael, Meghan, Mary Rose, and Angela
About: Each quilt panel was completed by English Language Learner high school students who in turn were being taught by a group of undergraduate art education students. The high school students were reading War Horse and discussing the concept of aspirations linked to one of the book’s main characters. Each student was then asked to write about their future aspirations. This writing was used to help the students brainstorm visual imagery to create their quilt drawings. We also looked at photographs and text about Brown vs Board of Education and talked about the importance of having aspirations for the future as a way of facilitating personal and social transformations such as desegregation in public schools.
Did your group enjoy participating: Yes we enjoyed the project. It provided a way for the high school students to visualize a concept they were learning in their English class as well as provided them an opportunity to work with their hands in a creative way. For the college students, they were able to get experience teaching art in the field while at the same time engaging in a collaborative, community-based project – theory to practice. The fact that it’s going to be exhibited at the site is also exciting for all of the students.
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