Elizabeth Keckley was a slave for 30 years in North Carolina. She was a self taught seamstress that developed her skill so profoundly that she was known professionally as a "Modiste," a creative designer of women's clothing. She became the exclusive dressmaker and confident to Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln. She worked in the White House for four years. She later become a professor teaching homemaking arts and sciences.
STUDENTS created an "Ugly Doll" ( Cute or ugly--we don't care!) to donate to the Local women's shelter as a community service.
Research has shown that for every $1,000 spent annually on an at risk student in the arts, that community can potentially save $37,000 to$100,000 in welfare costs, parole officers, court costs, legals fees and ultimately fees for incarceration. Support the Visual Arts today--now! I previously got $.55 per YEAR, PER CHILD, to run my middle school and high school arts program! This is not how to change a community, it takes that cold, hard cash and dedicated leaders like me in the classroom.
If you would like to find out more about this project you can contact me and I can give you some ideas to make this project part of YOUR urban classroom.
Journal Fodder Junkies is a great place to start--give yourself permission to be creative! I am giving you permission to be creative!
Supplies that will be needed--and
Many items will be re-used, such as tools and the like, but please note that items that will be consumed such as papers, fabrics, ribbons, and the like need to be replaced each year or 15 week session.
cotton/poly material scraps or used men's oxford shirts
Adult sized scissors
acrylic craft paints--all colors
scrap booking paper-all kinds and colors
ink pads--all colors
pipe cleaners--all colors
spray paints--all colors
old playing cards--all kinds
X-acto knives (45 as my classes cap at 41)
awls (all kinds!)
Drills, corded (5)
Hammers (with the claw--10)
pliers (standard and needle nose) (10)
wire cutters (10)
Sewing needles (metal) with a larger eye to accomadate thicker threads like a tapestry needle (45)
tapestry threads--all colors
bone folders (10)
double stick tape (100)
glue sticks (200)
low-tack re-positionable tape
Japanese screw punch
cutting boards for table top use (45)
All kinds of scrap booking notions--any kind, any topic, any season, any theme
shower curtains (NEW ONLY!!!)
TRU-RAY brand fade resistant construction papers
#9708569 , (24x36") on the Enasco.com is a great paper to use to attached to the book making.
The kids wanted to keep sewing, they did not want to design clothes, they wanted to SEW! So I made it happen!
On the right is a felt doll designed by a student. She did such and awesome job.
Students created a pattern, colored their patterns, chose their Aida clothe, choose colors for the floss and stitch away! These are so awesome!! Kids could pick germs, diseases, microbes--oh it was fun!
Our Urban Stitching class has been super fun and challenging! Students are making a microbe (science connection), designing their own piece, (art connection) and learning how to do counted cross-stitch (math connection). Mrs. Fernandez was awarded a $1500 grant from Michigan Youth Arts! This grant is for supplies to be used in the classroom. Items purchased will support painting, Urban Cross stitch, & Sewing our felt babies (that will be donated to the shelter of Flint). Supplies will also support creative thinking, building confidence, & building a sense of self-worth. Remember my kids don't necessarily have wonderful lives--they are in the alternative high school for a reason. The visual arts are helping kids deal with life--thank you for all of your past support. It has been deeply appreciated!
Thank you for your continued support for the arts--Keep the arts in our Schools!
Thank you Dreaming Zebra Foundation!
THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH TO THE DREAMING ZEBRA FOUNDATION FOR SUPPORTING OUR GOALS AND PROJECTS! OUR UGLY DOLL/FELT BABIES & OUR KEHINDE WILEY DRAWINGS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THEIR KIND AND GENEROUS HELP !!
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As a teenager I learned how to cross-stitch. It was a whole new way to be creative and express myself. I know that the processes we use in the classroom--observation, making a pattern, following a pattern, creating a process to make a finished artwork--has inspired some greatness in my classroom!
The kids are challenged but as they work through the creative process they are able to build confidence, get excited and make something amazing! Here are a couple of finished projects inspired by stitching goddess Alicia Watkins---see her work at
Need Ideas for developing a woman-voice.. all the projects here can help do that, sewing, drawing, cross stitch, ink and twig and journeling.
Twig and ink drawing are so fun! Getting pieces of nature into art is a blast and helps kids make connections to the world outside of the studio--for instance looking at the anatomy of a tree, the fiber, the wicking, the way nutriance travels, and the great tool a tiny twig is for drawing with ink!
The kids want to keep on sewing and not so much designing. I am just fine with that! Students will be creating their own "Ugly" type doll through incredible donations that we have received. Students will make a bigger stuffed critter and it should be a fun adventure!
Getting my students to observe detail can be a challenge, but I found their little drawings to be quite delightful! The drawings were honest, direct and had detail. My kids were a bit whiny in the beginning as they find the drawing a person, let alone themselves, overwhelming! But the final drawings are pretty nice!
And the drawings were made on swatches from grocery paper bags.
STUDENTS WILL BE CREATING A PORTRAIT OF THEMSELVES, A CHILD, A PARENT, GRANDPARENT OR OTHER LOVED ONE WHO IS A NORMAL PART OF THEIR LIFE. STUDENTS WILL LEARN ABOUT PATTERN, POSSIBLY TESSELATIONS, COLOR THEORY, SOCIAL ISSUES ABOUT THE WORLD, THE FIGURE, AND THE GRID TRANSFER PROCESS.
Students will also work in class to find their own voice. We will have some really exciting and wonderful things to study, learn about and produce in our art classes this year.
King of the Hussars hangs in our own wonderful Detroit Institute of Arts--
Compare the two paintings--
--the dramatic background
--the power of the man
--the illusion of wind
--the cool and warm tones in the background
--the emblems of royalty