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Girls Prep students study fabric artists for women's history

Updated: Sep 7, 2022

Art programs, initiatives and history are important to our education system. Many women in the art world work hard to gain equal opportunities as men in the industry, and the women in art education have been doing their part in educating their students in women art history. We had the pleasure of speaking with Jennifer Yang, Art Teacher at Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary, about the initiatives she takes as an art educator working with future leaders. Some topics and techniques she has covered in her class this semester are Black History Month, Spring Landscape, Earth Day, Realistic Dessert Paintings with 3-D Forms and Shadows, 2-D and 3-D mixed media, and Women's History Month.

The Culture Candy is taking the initiative to highlight the work of future leaders, much like the young ladies in the 3rd and 4th grade a Girls Prep. During Women's History Month, Ms. Yang focused on teaching her students about textile art and techniques, "students studied the unit of textile art and learned about female artists that make art using fabric materials."

Third Grade

"3rd grade students learned about the Quilts of Gee’s Bend. They used paper strips to design their own quilts inspired by the Quilts of Gee’s Bend. They added yarn around the edges of their paper quilts."

Fourth Grade

"4th grade students learned about the history of textile art. They learned to weave and sew with yarn and needles on burlap for the project. 4th grade students made running stitches and made their own designs using different colors of yarn and beads."

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