Gee's Bend Quilts in Earth Art
Robert Eady, Earth Art Teacher
Paper Quilt on a wall

Earth Art students honored Black History Month by learning about the Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. In class, students studied the colors and patterns of these remarkable textile artisans and made paper quilts in the spirit of the ones made over the last one hundred and fifty years in that small, isolated, southern community. 

Students making colorful paper quilt squares
student gluing together a quilt square

After being introduced to the quiltmakers, students made paper quilt blocks in the minimalist style of Gee’s Bend. They used construction paper and explored composition and color as they built their blocks. We assembled all of the students’ work on a school wall where everyone can enjoy the explosive burst of color during these winter days.

student cutting construction paper

Follow this link to learn more about the quilts and quiltmakers of Gee's Bend!

Photos contributed by, Robert Eady, Art Teacher.

Students making paper quilt squares
Wall with the completed student quilt and description