Created by Hawthorne Cedar Knolls Senior/Junior High School, Hawthorne, NY
Artists: Isabella, Tamya, Kevin, Tyreek, Carl, Mathieu, Jahnasia, Josh, Rosario
Title: Dream Rocket Project Freedom Quilt
Teacher: Mrs. Adler
Materials and techniques: Acrylic paints on muslin, pen, and fabric strips. Students researched images on the Internet, traced the images onto unbleached muslin, and painted the images with colors of their own choosing. The resulting paintings were assembled into a quilt.
Did you enjoy this project? Yes! The students enjoyed brainstorming about what freedom means to them, and communicating that sense of freedom in their paintings. They were thrilled with the finished quilt! We will be making posters of the quilt for each student who participated, so that they can continue to enjoy the fruits of their hard work. We’ll also display the poster in our school. Everyone is excited about being a part of the exhibition at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and the Dream Rocket Project.
About: The students were asked, “What does freedom mean to you? What makes you feel free?” The quilt includes the following images that came to mind when the students thought about the theme of freedom: freedom of speech, birds flying, freedom to be creative, freedom to dance, listening to music, being outdoors in nature (illustrated with a leafy tree), and keeping calm.