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Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold is a prominent African-American artist and author born in Harlem, New York City! She is most famous for her story quilts and children's books and creates striking art and stories inspired by her own life experiences.

With this art box, you will learn about Faith Ringgold's art, inspiration and life, including how she was an advocate for racial equality and equal rights for women. First, create a paper story quilt telling your own story. Then, reproduce the powerful The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles piece and try your hand at sewing! Finally, build a diorama of Faith Ringgold's most famous piece: Woman on a Bridge #2 of 5: Tar Beach.

© 2021 Faith Ringgold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Courtesy ACA Galleries, New York

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Activities in the Faith Ringgold Box:
Seven Passages to a Flight Story Quilt on Paper
Learn about story quilts, their history, and create your own paper story quilt! First you will decide what story you would like to tell about yourself, whether it is real or imaginary. Then you will create a quilted paper border and paint your story inside of the quilted frame.

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Seven Passages to a Flight Story Quilt on Paper
The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles Mixed-Media Reproduction
The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles is a tribute to the contributions made by African American women throughout history! Learn more about these women and recreate this piece using mixed-media techniques. You will even paint on fabric just like Faith Ringgold!

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The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles Mixed-Media Reproduction
Sewing Technique
Learn about the basics of quilting with this fun activity. Sew a family crest that represents your own family!

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Sewing Technique
Woman on a Bridge #2 of 5: Tar Beach Diorama
Recreate Faith Ringgold's most iconic piece! Use paint chips to create buildings and decorate your diorama with stars, bushes, a mattress, pillows, and even a person flying across the night sky!

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Woman on a Bridge #2 of 5: Tar Beach Diorama
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