Crayon Resist Quilts

Crayon Resist Quilt

First graders drew sleeping self-portraits and created a crayon resist quilt to keep them warm!

I started this lesson by showing examples of quilts created from various places around the world.  We discussed how some art is decorative and some is functional.  Quilts could be functional if used to keep you warm at night or to have a picnic on.


  • 8″x11″ white paper with gridlines (creating 12 squares)
  • Black crayons
  • Colored crayons
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Medium size paint brushes
  • Water bowls
  • Watercolor paints
  • 9″x12″ colored construction paper
  • Glue
  • 12″x18″ white paper with a bed and pillow drawn on it (shown below)
  • Colored pencils

1st Sleeping Portrait 2



  1. Starting with the paper that has the 12 squares, take a black crayon and trace over all the gridlines.  Push down hard.  Then, make little stitch marks over all the lines.
  2. After your done tracing, use crayons and draw various patterns and designs in each square.  You could try to repeat patterns in alternating squares or come up with something different each time.  Make sure to push down hard.  White crayons could also be used!
  3. Paint over the patterns with watercolors.  Try to use only one color paint in each square.
  4. Let dry.  While this is drying, get out the large white sheet of paper that has a bed and pillow pre-drawn for the students.  Using pencils first, have them draw a sleeping self-portrait in the bed.  They only have to draw their head and down to their shoulders, but if they are way ahead of the rest of the class I tell them to draw their entire body . . . and to draw their favorite pajamas.  They could also include a teddy bear or any other decorations around their bed.  Color in with colored pencils.
  5. After you are done drawing your self-portrait, get your quilt painting and glue it in the middle of a colored sheet of construction paper.  This creates a nice border.
  6. Then, take your quilt with the border and glue that on top of your sleeping self-portrait, but don’t cover your head!
  7. Let dry and sweet dreams 🙂

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