07 March 2013

faith ringgold and the people could fly

after a discussion on folktales we watched this telling of the african folktale the people could fly, about slaves flying their way to freedom.  the kids liked how expressive joslyn duncan was and even sang along with her. they talked about how this tale made them feel- everyone agreed that it was a hopeful but sad story. later i read faith ringgold's tar beach, about cassie louise lightfoot who dreams she can fly anywhere she wishes. we talked about the similarities and differences between these two stories before focusing on faith ringgold as an artist.

we watched this video about ringgold's process of making the tar beach story quilt and afterwards got to work on making our own! the kids first brainstormed on where they would want to fly to and then wrote a short story to include on their paper quilts.