Felted Story Quilt Residency

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Felted Story Quilt Residency

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After an examination of the narrative paintings in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration series, students create individual needle-felted squares depicting part of a story or historic event in this visual arts residency. Working collaboratively to use imagery as narrative, students retell the story with the assembly of the squares into wall quilts. These can be used as teaching tools for future classes.

Sample Common Core connection:
SL.2.2: Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.


Typically, residencies range from $2,000 to $3,000, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backwards’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.

Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:

  • A kick-off assembly
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session
  • A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
  • A student culminating or sharing event
  • An evaluation meeting

For a rough estimate, residency prices include:

  • Artist assembly (see artist’s page for pricing)
  • A set of workshops ($100 each)
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session ($100 each)
  • An evaluation meeting ($100)
  • Mileage and supply costs depend on artist location and the residency chosen.

"Katherine Dilworth is hands down, the best artist that I have ever worked with for our school’s residency program. She is not only impeccably organized and prepared, but her ability to collaborate with other teachers to provide the best program for our students speaks volumes about her professionalism. Katherine’s ability to reach the students was nothing short of extraordinary; every single student was engaged in the project at every step and eager to return for the following session. She was able to make connections from the students' current curriculum to the felting process. This was an outstanding program."

Leah Ellert, Art Teacher, Bannockburn Elementary School

"My students were engaged and interested in the project. The children said that they were going to miss Katherine and wished that she wouldn't have to leave the school."

Chrissy, Teacher, Worthington Elementary

"100% student engagement from start to finish."

Tyrese, Teacher, The Commodore John Rodgers School