Sunday, November 4, 2012

Paper Weaving without migraines

The Grade 1's continue their unit on patterns and we moved onto a little bit of inquiring into how cloth is created and some paper weaving.  I am one of those art teachers who looks forward to paper weaving with young kids about as much as a tooth extraction, but this time I changed tactics somewhat and it was actually okay!!

Step 1: Inquiring into materials-- magnifying glasses and some objects that have clearly visible woven threads...I let the kids inquire into how they think everything was made. 

Step 2: Prepare the "loom".  We actually did this part last week when we did pattern stamping with tempera paint.  The only change I made is that I laminated each one and cut it into long strips, leaving one end attached.  Those two seemingly small changes (laminating plus leaving one side open) really made a difference in the # of kids who were successful.

Step 3: Weave away.  Here is what they look like so far, next class will be gluing beads and other collage materials to the squares. 

1 comment:

  1. They look great! I think adding beads etc will add that extra wow factor too. Good tip with the laminating - that must make the whole construct more stable :)Elizabeth