Felted Story Square

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Felted Story Square

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After an examination of the narrative paintings of Jacob Lawrence’s Migration series, students will design and create their own needle-felted square depicting events in history or their own lives. Particularly suitable for older students, this felted story square residency focuses on how simple visuals can communicate complicated ideas and how art can allow viewers to examine subjects that can be difficult to confront directly. Read about the residency in this article in the Baltimore Sun.

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 $2,500 and up, 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 (performing arts only)
    • 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

"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

"100% student engagement from start to finish." —Tyrese, Teacher, The Commodore John Rodgers School

"I have had the opportunity to work with Katherine on the Felted Square Residency for several school years. Every year, Katherine comes prepared to work with students providing them with guidance on how to complete the project while encouraging their creativity. The theme of this project, injustice, can be a difficult subject, but Katherine is able to break down this project through her empathy and understanding of the students, making it an enjoyable experience for everyone. Overall, this is one of my students favorite activities for the year. I can't say enough great things about the benefits of this residency." —Lisa, Teacher, Glenwood Middle School