Phyllis Thompson

Phyllis Thompson works with fiber textiles, printmaking, photography and collage processes. Her work reflects the influence of her mother and grandmother who made quilts and other creations from recycled materials. Thompson has done extensive research on her family roots and uses old photographs from family history in her work. She credits her sixth grade teacher with recommending her for Saturday art classes where she became familiar with the vocabulary of artists, learned that there were other visual art disciplines besides painting and drawing, and decided to be a maker of art.

Thompson holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education/Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an MFA in printmaking from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and a BFA in printmaking from the Philadelphia College of Art. She was an educator at Cornell University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kutztown University, and Buffalo State College. Additionally, Additionally, she worked in the Chicago Public Schools as a resident artist with Urban Gateways and taught middle school students at University School of Milwaukee.

For more than 30 years, Thompson has shown her work in galleries and museums across the US. Collections that house her work include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY, and the Brandywine Workshop Print Collection, Philadelphia, PA.


Story Cloths: Quilt Designs That Tell Stories

Phyllis Thompson works with fiber textiles, printmaking, photography and collage processes.  Her workshops explore techniques of printmaking, collage and fabric construction with the history of African American quilting, and supports students creating meaningful personal images.

In this workshop students learn about the tradition of quiltmaking including the meanings and symbolism of several quilt designs. Examples of the work of Faith Ringgold, the quilts of Gee’s Bend, and the Underground Railroad freedom quilts will be presented to create specific context for the significance of quilts in history and in everyday life.

Considering the examples of traditional quilt designs and their meanings, students will cut geometric and organic shapes from paper and cloth and assemble them to create their own quilt patterns that tell their own personal stories. Students will be encouraged to discuss the meanings of their designs and the stories that emerge.

Can be extended into a residency.  Call office for details.

Grade Level: 4-12

Audience Limit: 30

Workshop cost (back to back): $196.00

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