The art of quilling

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By Amy Wallot
amy.wallot@education.ky.gov

Art teacher Dorothea Broughton teaches the students at Kit Carson Elementary School (Madison County) quilling, an art form she was taught as a child. Quilling is the art of paper twirling.

Broughton said she learned how to do wood quilling when she was 6 years old. She said it is a popular art form in Scandinavia, which is her heritage.

“I just show them some basic shapes and they go wild,” she said.

All of her classes in 1st through 5th grades learn how to do quilling. On a recent visit, students combined the twirled pieces of paper to make shapes into ornaments. Some made snowflakes, sleighs and even Disney characters. Each student made two ornaments, one to take home and one for the tree at school (which they will take home before break).

Art teacher Dorothea Broughton helps 5th-grade student Hunter Ross assemble his paper strips during a quelling project at Kit Carson Elementary School (Madison County). At right, Haley Balen works on her ornament. Photo by Amy Wallot, Dec. 9, 2014
Art teacher Dorothea Broughton helps 5th-grade student Hunter Ross assemble his paper strips during a quelling project at Kit Carson Elementary School (Madison County). At right, Haley Balen works on her ornament.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Dec. 9, 2014
Fifth-grade student Aariyah McKinley chooses color strip to trip into shape during a quilling project at Kit Carson Elementary School (Madison County). Photo by Amy Wallot, Dec. 9, 2014
Fifth-grade student Aariyah McKinley chooses color strips to twirl into shape during a quilling project.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Dec. 9, 2014
Fifth-grade student Tom Morrison uses a wood dowel to wind paper strips during Dorothea Broughton's art class at Kit Carson Elementary School (Madison County). Morrison combined the brightly colored collection of swirls to make a firecracker-like ornament. Photo by Amy Wallot, Dec. 9, 2014
Fifth-grade student Tom Morrison uses a wood dowel to wind paper strips during Dorothea Broughton’s art class at Kit Carson Elementary School (Madison County). Morrison combined the brightly colored collection of swirls to make a firecracker-like ornament.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Dec. 9, 2014
A student makes a brightly colored snowflake shape during a quilling project at Kit Carson Elementary School (Madison County). Photo by Amy Wallot, Dec. 9, 2014
A student uses quilling to make a snowflake ornament.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Dec. 9, 2014
Fifth-grade student Savannah Helton places her quilling ornament on the tree at Kit Carson Elementary School (Madison County). She really liked the activity. "Sometimes my creativity comes out weird, but then ends up being fun," she said. Photo by Amy Wallot, Dec. 9, 2014
Fifth-grade student Savannah Helton places her quilling ornament on the tree at Kit Carson. She really liked the activity. “Sometimes my creativity comes out weird, but then ends up being fun,” she said.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Dec. 9, 2014

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