P.S. 119 Amersfort School of Social Awareness

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Archive for November 27th, 2012

Follow The Drinking Gourd – Quilt Codes Digital Art Project

CLICK FOR LINK TO STARS WEBSITE © Jerry Lodriguss

CLICK HERE FOR MORE QUILT CODES AND PATTERNS – from Owen Sound’s Black History

The quilt patterns, used in a certain order, relayed messages to slaves preparing to escape. Each pattern represented a different meaning. Some of the most common were “Monkey Wrench”, “Star”, “Crossroads”, and “Wagon Wheel”. Quilts slung over a fence or windowsill, seemingly to air, passed on the necessary information to knowing slaves. As quilts hung out to air was a common sight on a plantation, neither the plantation owner nor the overseer would notice anything suspicious. It was all part of a day’s work for the slaves. – Underground Railroad Quilt Codes (Owen Sound’s Black History)

TASK:

Students will download the quilt grid below and open it in Paintbrush. Using the line tool, curved line tool and other brush tools, students will create various quilts using the QUILT CODE website as a guide.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD QUILT GRID FOR PAINTBRUSH

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