Watch for This Year's Educators Reception
August 29th, 2013
3 - 6 pm
At this year's reception, you will discover innovative ways to bring art, design, and quilting into your classroom.
Participating educators will acquire an array of ideas, take part in demonstrations and activities, and receive FREE educational materials. The following is a list of specific topics, demonstrations and resources for you to enjoy that evening:
Kick off for School Block Challenge 2014, Sponsored by MODA Fabrics: Teachers throughout the United States are invited to enter this annual contest, which challenges the students' creativity with fabric. Cash awards, worth more than $1,200 will be given to the winning contestants. All blocks will be exhibited at the National Quilt Museum, February - April for our visitors to enjoy. You will be able to pick up your contest packet at the reception or order by mail (small fee for postage required).
Guided Tour of the Museum: Join us for an in-depth look at the National Quilt Museum. Learn more about our incredible collection of quilts, their history, and the exceptional changing exhibits. Tour will begin at 4:00 and again at 5:00 p.m.
Hands-On Demonstrations: Learn a variety of ways to teach your subject with quilting through hands-on activities. Almost every subject can be connected to quilting and our exhibits.
Free Educational Materials: Receive a number of tools and ideas that will not only bring quilting into your classroom, but also will reinforce the core content that you will be covering throughout the year.
Please RSVP for the reception (270) 442-8856 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Educator's Reception!
Director of Education
School Block Challenge
Sponsored by Moda Fabrics, School Block Challenge is a yearly contest for children. Participating schools, youth groups and parents are given packets with three fabrics from Moda, and students were required to incorporate all three fabrics in their block.
Entries may be created by individual students and small groups. Quilters often assist the students as their projects develop. The blocks are judged in categories of K - 4th grades, 5th - 8th grades and 9th - 12th grades. A grand prize award is given to the overall outstanding quilt block.
An exhibition of all quilt blocks will be on exhibit at The National Quilt Museum. A narrative about each block's design and development submitted by the students is also exhibited. A kick-off reception for the exhibit is held in late January to recognize the winners and all the participants. Local residents and media are always invited to meet these amazing quilters and learn more about School Block Challenge.
Quilt Museum Galleries
Barbara Barber (English, b. 1954)
Cottons; machine-embroidered, machine-appliquéd, and machine-quilted; 83" X 83" © The National Quilt Museum
"This quilt was made over an 11-month period, but took the equivalent of five months," recalls Barbara Barber of Andover, Hants, England. "I would never have made it if it hadn't been for Goato, a goat that lived across the field from us. A lovely fellow with a complex character and high intelligence, Goato provided me and my family with incentive for a good walk. Unfortunately, two days before we left England in April 1996 to attend the AQS [American Quilter's Society] Show, Goato died at the ripe old goat age of 14½ years."
About the Artist
Barbara Barber began quilting in 1991 to make a quilt for her bed. She is self-taught, and the quilts she makes for exhibition may take 6-12 months to complete. Quilting is her full-time occupation.
Classroom Ideas: Show students the image of the quilt "Goato & Friends." Using the quilt have the student answer the questions provided for discussion. Follow the discussion with art related activity.
Discussion: There is an old saying that "You can't judge a book by its cover." What does that statement mean? Is it true or false? If the quilt Goato and Friends were the cover of a book, what do you think the book would be about? Who is Goato? The overall feeling of the quilt is very harmonious. What might be some conflicts that could arise between the different animals on the quilt?
Activities: Explore the concept of symmetry as it relates to the quilt in terms of shapes, colors, and themes. Work individually or in groups to write stories from the point of view of each animal pictured on the quilt. (Each story could be a chapter of a Goato and Friends book.) Research the visual concept of Peaceable Kingdom and view some of those works by Edward Hicks. Compare and contrast Hicks' concept to this quilt. Compare the visual image of peace to the actual events associated with early European settlers and Native Americans in Colonial days.
Links:Find out more about Barbara Barber and see images of her quilts at the artist's web site.
You can see examples of Edward Hicks' Peaceable Kingdom paintings at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Art.
Arts Tool Kit
Find additional classroom activities that use images of over 250 artworks from 20 Kentucky museums in the Visual Arts Toolkit and Kentucky Virtual Art Museum on CD-ROM. These multimedia resources put a wealth of lesson plans, video segments, ideas, and other resources at your fingertips. To order the Visual Arts Toolkit call (800) 945-9167. Visit the Arts Toolkit web site for more information and numerous online resources.
The National Quilt Museum Slide Show