Posts Tagged by yarn
|December 5, 2014||Posted by Cristy under Kindergarten|
Here’s something new I tried with my kinders. I ran across a third grade Dhurrie Dug “Magic Carpet” lesson on the fabulous “The Elementary Art Room!” by Megan Swartz and thought it might be a good intro to cutting and gluing paper with my littlest artists. Turns out – it’s perfect. Granted, these little guys haven’t developed the polish that an older artist might bring to the project, but we spent one session cutting stripes (The wavy/ziggy stripes were hard – next time I’ll just ask for straight stripes) the next session I showed them how to cut squares and triangles from stripes and how to use a folded piece of paper as a paintbrush and a puddle of glue on a scrap to manage teeny pieces of paper. They loved making their patterns. Finally I taught them how to make holes and attach the fringe. They LOVED it. The classroom was dead silent with intense focus as they applied their new skill to the edges of their paper. I made the fringe-making optional so that if a kid found it too hard he/she could go back to making the patterns on the stripes. The project was time-consuming (Next year I’ll allow four half-hour sessions) but the progression through skills was perfect and the enthusiasm was super high from my little rug makers! We found a keeper! (Love the blogosphere! – thanks Megan!)
|November 7, 2014||Posted by Cristy under Second grade|
Beautiful and meaningful Ojos de Dios by second graders. We study the history of this traditional folk craft and each student chooses a person (or sometimes animal) to make the God's Eye in honor of. Color and texture of yarn is chosen with the particular person in mind, adding a lovely layer of abstraction and meaning to a craft already rich in history and symbolism. I love the organic nature lended by the natural sticks – each one is so individual!
|November 7, 2014||Posted by Cristy under All Grades|
|December 31, 2012||Posted by Cristy under Second grade|
Every year my second graders make these great God’s Eyes from willow sticks and donated yarn. Even though they are a pain to store and prep for, I love them so much more than the kind you see on dowels or popsicle sticks. Those natural sticks just give so much more personality to the finished product. It’s also great to have a huge stash of donated yarn – wide variety of color and texture really makes these into a special keepsake. I have each kid choose a special somebody in his or her life and make the project in honor of that person. That way a little meaning can be brought into an otherwise “crafty” lesson, and we get to discuss yarn color and texture choice with regard to abstract concepts of memories and personality. It’s great to see some of my boys making fuzzy soft pastel Ojos in honor of little baby siblings… they also do a great job recognizing parents, grandparents and sometimes even a special dog or horse!
Oh – and those “spiders” hanging down? Those are extremely creative tassels!
|December 17, 2012||Posted by Cristy under Fourth Grade|
This year in our fourth grade weaving unit I tried a little something new!
I ripped off another art-teacher-blogger and stole the idea for weaving both the front and back side of the loom to create a closed bottom tube. Weaving in-the-round! Here’s one of my favorites – love that intense spot of color along with all that peach.
Great work, fourth grade weavers!