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T he students in my watercolor class had just finished creating abstract, nonobjective paintings, focusing on technique and visual rhythm. For the next lesson, I felt they could use their watercolors like Faith Ringgold uses her quilts—to tell a story. Their story would be about them: their family, interests, hobbies, or the games they play—something that was special to them. They would weave a visual story as though they were making a quilt, but rather than embroidering fabric, they would use paint. Several students who had taken my drawing class mentioned how much they enjoyed transferring photocopied images onto other surfaces (see “Images of Me,” March 2013). So, I demonstrated the process for my watercolor students, some of whom might want to use the technique, which is great for incorporating could family photographs and personal imagery into their painting-stories. The textured watercolor paper we typically using posed problems when we tried to transfer images onto it. We overcame this by painting into the parts of the images that did successfully transfer. Good quality, somewhat smooth, yet toothy watercolor board would definitely have been perfect for both LEARNING OBJECTIVES High-school students will . • create an arrangement to suggest a quilt. • repeat color and pattern. • use techniques previously learned. • use a photo transfer technique (optional). MATERIALS • • • Watercolor paint and brushes Salt and other materials for techniques Good-quality paper or watercolor board • • • Cotton swabs or spoons (for rubbing the backs of pictures) Goof-off® (for transferring photocopied images) Rubber cement/glue Go to and click on this button for information on the imagetransfer process mentioned in this article. > Becky Megan 16 > the photo transfers and the watercolors. Alas, I didn’t think of that until we had started the assignment. The kids, always such troupers, were resilient and overcome problems they encountered. As with all my assignments, I like to connect the work we were doing to artists so my students get some art history with each assignment. For this particular assignment, we learned about the work of Faith Ringgold. Ringgold discovered the voice of her inner child, and uses that voice in her art. She tells stories in a traditional female form: the quilt. Within this art form, she uses techniques from her African heritage, such as simplified shapes and a flattened perspective. Some quilts are april 2013 • 80 years x

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