BC: The End
FC: Quilt Piece Assignment Instructions and Examples | PSYC125 Human Lifespan Development
1: You and your classmates will share your quilt pieces on the last day of class. You should be prepared to explain your visual illustration while you display the quilt piece to the class. Your presentation should be no longer than 1 minute, but include enough detail for your classmates to understand the significance of what you have chosen to illustrate.
2: Requirements: Make a square quilt piece at least 12” X 12” that can be displayed vertically (hung on a wall) Visually illustrate (no words!) something that you have learned in the class that is personally relevant, illustrate something that you are likely to always remember from this class because it has influenced how you understand yourself or another specific person in your life. Type an accompanying explanation identifying - what you learned - why it is personally relevant - how your quilt piece has been designed to illustrate those things.
3: Example 1: The part of class I chose to illustrate came from the last chapter on grieving. I illustrated sublimation which is encouraging children to express their feelings through art. This is why I colored my picture in a childish art form. I chose sublimation because I work with kids and I know how much they are enjoying arts and crafts. Having children do art when they are grieving is a good tool to get their emotions going and to give them a chance to explain their feelings through their art. It doesn’t always have to apply to children-- anyone can use art to help when grieving.
4: Example 2: | Throughout this course I have learned many things about the stages of development and how each stage shapes each individual into the person they are today. I chose to illustrate each stage of development related to me specifically. Each stage that I have gone through is shown in color because that stage has helped me become who I am today. As a baby, I acted very similar to other babies my age, but as a I began to get older, my personality and appearance became unique. To show the individualism I put two photos of me in the center surrounded first by the color photos of me as a child and then surrounded by those experiences I have not yet faced. The stages around the edges are in black and white, because they have not influenced me directly. These stages include: getting married, having my first child to create my own family, becoming a grandma and great-grandma.
6: Example #3 | Probably the biggest thing I took to heart was the identity theories that Erickson and Marcia suggested. For me it put to light some of the things that I’m currently dealing with as an individual emerging into adulthood. As each day passes by it seems as though my thoughts, emotions and goals change along with the rising expectations and obligations I endure. Sometimes the changes happen so suddenly, or are so different that I even question who I am, just like the individual in this cartoon. As someone in the moratorium phase, I have a hard time committing to each new identity created, and it gets easier to look outward for answers rather than inward (Cartoon). Yet in those introspective moments when I look inside instead, it’s tough not to feel like a blip on a string of lights or a dot in the crowd (Calvin cartoon). Yet in those moments where it becomes overwhelming because of all the things I should be doing with my life, I’ve learned its best to take Calvin’s teacher’s advice and take a few deep breaths because in the end it all tends to work out.
8: Example #4 | The whole section on death stood out to me mostly when looking at the lives of those who are near it. I believe that it is important to live life fully. Once you accept that everyone dies, you can understand that you must live now before it’s too late. I strongly agree with that notion and felt that this section really spoke to me in the living sense.
10: Example #5 | This class has taught me and left me with the fact life is never perfect, it can hurt and be tough. This semester I started school again after figuring myself out. Then I lost my Grandpa to cancer. I have been challenged to cope with a new start and that hurtful blow, and I have grown so much because of it. I have been broken like glass, but I have found that hope, strength, love and growth help me make it. It’s a process that is life.
11: Example #6 | I drew a picture of an eye with tears coming out of them, and the word grief in the eye. I chose grief because I have experienced it in my life due to the loss of a very close family member. I have and still am going through the grieving process, and from this class, particularly this last chapter, I have developed an understanding of how I personally have, and am continuing to go through the grieving process, but also how my family has, and also continues to go through the grieving process.
12: This course helped teach me that I need to be more open and honest to myself and to those around me. We learned about how stress affects us and the different ways of dealing with it. I came to realize that most of the time I dealt with my stress in non-effective ways like trying to ignore it and keeping it to myself. Letting the people around me know and accepting their help instead of just denying it is much healthier and makes stressful situations easier to handle. I also learned I should be more open through learning about old age and death. From the video in class, I noticed that once death is in sight people strive for real and truthful relationships in their lives. The darker areas of my quilt piece represent anger and frustration from all the stress in my life and the lighter more flow-y areas represent the calmness and honesty once the stress is dealt with in healthy ways. | Example #7
14: As the class progressed through Erickson’s psychosocial stages, I learned more about the trust vs. mistrust issue facing many children. Through early childhood, I received great parenting by both parents. By the time I reached age six the trust vs. mistrust issue should have been resolved. Then I, my mother and both brothers were involved in a bad car accident, in which I was the only one seriously injured. After the accident I displayed horrible attitudes toward my mother because she was in control of the vehicle. Based on this I believe that after the accident I had a trust vs. mistrust issue with my mother. I believe that because she was in control of the vehicle, she should have been able to keep this from happening. So at age six I had lost trust in my primary caregiver causing me to have negative feelings towards my mother. After a few years I slowly regained the trust that was lost and remain to have a positive relationship with my mother.
15: In my picture I drew a child with ADHD. This disorder causes children to have difficulty attending to and completing tasks. As you can see from my illustration, the child is trying to work on homework but is distracted by other things involved in his life. I myself often have difficulty paying attention sometimes so I decided to put what I often think about when I space out.
17: I chose to do my visual piece on the stress of the ‘sandwich generation’. In our book, the sandwich generation was defined as the generation of adults caring for not only their own children, but also their aging parent(s). I learned a lot when we talked about this generation, because it really reminded me of my mom. She was stuck raising four children plus caring for her own mother that had been recently diagnosed with cancer. Between my grandmother becoming sicker and sicker, and us children became more and more unruly, my mom had to deal with a lot of stress. Housework needed to be done, money had to be watched, bills needed to be paid, children needed discipline, and my grandmother needed care. I really wanted this visual piece to be, in a sense, overwhelming to look at. I remember how stressed out my mother was in this time, and how she felt she just had so much on her plate at one time and just hardly enough energy to succeed. Now I really have a lot of respect for how she somehow powered through the stress of being the caregiver for so many.
18: “How much piecin' a quilt's like living a life...The Lord sends us the pieces, but we can cut 'em out and put 'em together pretty much to suit ourselves...” | “When life gives you scraps make quilts” | “America is not like a blanket-one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt-many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread.” - Jesse Jackson