Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach Story Quilt

Grades 3 and 4 learned about African-American artist Faith Ringgold, and her book Tar Beach. We read the book and discussed foreground, middle ground, and background found in the pictures. We also discussed the type of art Ms. Ringgold is known for, story quilts.  Then the students were given fabric and told to cut squares or rectangles from it and glue it to the perimeter of their papers. (Math!)

Story Quilt Project

They then had to draw a picture of themselves flying over something they wanted to own. These drawings had to include; the foreground, middle ground, and the background. Then they painted!

Story Quilt Project


Story Quilt Project

Story Quilt Project



Ms. Luna's signature


About Ms. Luna

Here we go! Year number four! Teaching artist at Mark Twain Elementary! I started my career in 2002, in the New York City Schools as a Special Education Middle School teacher. Moving back to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, I continued teaching Special Education and also began teaching after school and summer art programs. Moving again to Houston, Texas. I have taught all levels and abilities from kindergarten to college and am very excited to be teaching here at Mark Twain! I am also a professional artist and designer that shows work worldwide. I have been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Austin Fashion Week, Houston Press, and at the Grassi Museum of the Applied Arts in Germany. I hold a Masters of Science in Special Education from Manhattan College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. I currently am teaching grades kindergarten through fifth and am an adjuct art professor at Alvin Community College.

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