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Schoharie Elementary is a stop on the Quilt Barn Trail

Schoharie Elementary quilt blocks

Schoharie Elementary School is now a proud member of The Schoharie County Quilt Barn Trail, with two large, student-painted wooden quilt blocks proudly displayed on the building's exterior. Schoharie is the first school in the county to install quilt barn blocks.

Inspired by a school employee, Superintendent David Blanchard set the school's participation in the project in motion. To involve as many people as possible, the school incorporated the process into the 1st-grade art curriculum, which already focused on the history of making quilts and their repeated geometric designs.

The 1st-grade art classes voted on two designs, a feather and a wheat shaft, that represent the history of the Schoharie Valley.

The feather represents the valley's rich Native American history. The wheat shaft represents the valley's reputation as the bread basket of the American Revolution. During the Revolutionary War, the Schoharie Valley provided much of the wheat grown to supply the troops.

Schoharie High School artists Katlyn Schrom, Emily Dahlin, Emma Bernhardt and Ashley Scofield, guided by art teacher Leah Schaefer, painted the feather and wheat shaft designs upon large, wooden quilt blocks.

Two more squares will be designed and painted by high school students and hung on the high school building.

 "We are delighted to show our students the benefits of participating in a community art project that celebrates our creative ideas and the healing nature of making and viewing art together," said Schoharie Elementary art teacher Jean Scofield.

"Be sure to visit the Schoharie Quilt Barn Trail website for history and maps to visit other quilt square blocks around the county."

The Schoharie Quilt Barn Trail is featured on the Trails to Tales of Schoharie County website launched in January 2017 by Schoharie Area Long Term Development (SALT). The website was developed as an "innovative website project highlighting cultural and artistic destinations in Schoharie County." There are nearly 100 stops on the Quilt Barn Trail.

 

Below: The feathers square from start to finish

Katlyn and Ashley drawing

 

Ashley taping

 

Katlyn and Emily painting

 

Katlyn painting gray

 

Katlyn with finished feathers

 

[5/23/17]

 

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