This lesson is VERY loosely based on Tar Beach. My student teacher had been doing a unit of city related projects with a grade level. After doing point perspective....we felt the students needed to loosen up and have fun with color. Wanting to stay with "city"...I showed her the book Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. This quiltish city collage came from us bouncing around different ideas. They are fun & colorful...and the students enjoyed a change of pace.