Hazel Lucas' Projects
In Hazel Lucas class, social studies lessons become opportunities
for personal self-expression:
- As a culminating project for a unit on family history, students
create personal quilts consisting of images and items
that are important to them a favorite compact disk, a photo
of a pet, or a trading card of a favorite baseball player, for example.
To lay out their quilts, students refer to principles of art and design
they have learned, such as repetition and composition. Individual
student collages are assembled into a class quilt that
hangs at the front of the room.
- Lucas concludes by having students reflect on the project, asking
why it was important to do it, how it illustrated their personalities,
and how an artist might approach the project. When she asks the children
if they feel that they are artists, their answer is an enthusiastic