Barn Quilts: Chantilly Montessori Gallery Crawl Project

Barn Quilts: Chantilly Montessori Gallery Crawl Project

One of my most favorite times of the year is the six weeks when I work with the children of Chantilly Montessori to prepare an art project for Chantilly's Annual Gallery Crawl. This fantastic cultural enrichment project pairs a parent-artist with each classroom to create original works of art to be displayed at a Gallery Crawl celebration. This year I worked with an Upper-Elementary class of 4th and 5th graders to create barn quilts. The Barn Quilt Trail  Movement began in 2001 ...

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Chantilly Montessori: Quilling Project

As the sort of designer that spends days tap-tap-tapping at her laptop, I don't get (take) enough opportunities to actually MAKE art, which is why it is always a pleasure (and honor) to join the outstanding artist/parents at Chantilly Montessori School in our annual Gallery Crawl project.

Fifteen creative parents with experience in various disciplines each work with a classroom community for six week to generate an art project and present it at this group show, a lively reception accompanied by live performance of the Plaza Family Band.

For my project this year, I worked with Upper Elementary teachers Sarah Gayde and Liz Weber and their 4th and 5th grade students on a modern interpretation of the Renaissance-era art of Quilling. We studied current quilling artists and began curling 1/4" strands of paper into tiny coils that would become a series of individual butterflies and a 24" iteration of the school logo.

We were beyond excited to see our project take shape and I was continually floored by the creativity of these kids!