Faith Ringgold

Art Projects and Curriculum

Student Artwork Showcase


Folk, Quilting


Fabric, Oil


African American



About Faith Ringgold (1930-2024)

Faith Ringgold is an American painter, sculptor, and writer. Born in 1930, she was best known for her vibrant and politically charged works of art that explore themes of race, gender, and cultural identity. Ringgold's works are characterized by their bright colors, bold patterns, and innovative techniques, such as the use of fabric in her paintings. She was known for her powerful and imaginative depictions of African American life and her role as a pioneering figure in the American Civil Rights movement.

Over time, Ringgold became a leading figure in the American Modernist movement, and her works continue to be celebrated for their historical significance and beauty. Today, Ringgold's works can be found in major museums around the world, and she remains one of the most famous and beloved artists of our time.

Faith Ringgold Art Lesson & Art Activity

Ringgold created a beautiful combination of quilting and painting in striking works of art. Her African-American heritage inspires visual story telling in her colorful masterpieces. Student artists use cut-paper quilt designs combined with oil pastel pictures of a favorite memory to imitate her style. Be sure to click through the student masterpieces at the top of this page.

Art Elements Taught


Art Activity Emphasis

Quilt Designs, Visual Storytelling

Vocabulary Learned

abstract, color, designer, frame, horizontal, pattern, shape, story quilt, vertical

Student Art Supplies

Oil Pastels, Yarn
Art Lessons for Faith Ringgold

How the Art Program Works:

1. Assembly

Introducing the Masters—Multi-Purpose Room or Classroom (20-45 minutes)

2. Student Worksheets

Learning from the Masters—Classroom (15-30 minutes)

3. Student Art Projects

Working with the Masters—Classroom (50-60 minutes)

Real Reviews from Real Teachers & Parents

See Why Everyone Loves Meet The Masters

Meet the masters continues to be one of the most successful programs at our school, with the largest consistent group of parent volunteers. Our students recognize art by “the masters” when they see it around town or on family trips. Students that call themselves “bad at art” have been delighted when they see the beautiful art they can create. Thank you for all you do to make this curriculum glow and shine. We love it and are so thrilled to continue to use it at our school!
Art Teacher Curriculum
Melanie Allred
Paradise Valley Engineering Academy, Morgan Hill, CA

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