Prairie Activity: Prairie Quilt
Objective : students will, after viewing the content of Museumlink Prairie and Quilt modules, and
training with digital cameras and software, create quilt blocks with the topic of
prairie fauna and flora
prairie land forms
traditional quilt patterns
decorative and fine art objects of prairie life
geometric designs or image transformation
incidents of life on the prairie in the 19th century
Grade Levels: K-8 sophistication of techniques and discussion adapt to all levels
Time required: two or more class periods
Motivation : lead a class discussion on the Prairie Web site (settlement of the prairie, plant and animal
life, technology transforming the prairie) and the quilts (structure and patterns) as subject matter for a
class prairie quilt that will be a montage of images about the prairie. Each students will pick favorite
subjects to take pictures of or find images for their quilt block.
Materials :
digital cameras (especially useful if class has a field trip to a local prairie)
computer
Adobe Photshop software
color printer
http://www.museum.state.il.us/muslink/prairie/index.html Prairie Web site
http://www.museum.state.il.us/muslink/art/htmls/ks_piece.html Keeping Us in Stitches quilting
Web site (also its links to quilt block patterns onlnine)
optionaltransfer paper (for ink jet or laser printer)
muslin or other fabric
Procedure :
Students will
choose objects related to prairie life to photograph (leaves from trees, flowers, quilts, tools) or
select online images of such objects and save them in a computer file.
download the images into Photoshop
manipulate the images (crop, resize)
montage or collage several images on a new Photoshop file by copying and pasting.
save the new image
print it out (on paper or transfer paper)
arrange all blocks on a display board as a large quilt top (or iron transfer paper blocks onto cloth
blocks, and display or sew them together)
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