2nd graders just finished their dhurrie rug collages. A dhurrie rug is a type of flat-woven rug from India. They come in all different colors, sizes, and patterns.
The idea for this project came from another art teacher blog called Painted Paper. I wanted to work on collaging skills with 2nd grade, but since they have been doing a lot of representational art recently, I thought it would be nice to focus on design and pattern as well.
First, students chose a color for their rugs. Then we used regular scissors and “fancy” scalloped scissors to cut strips of paper to represent the rug’s weave. Students created pattern either with color or shape (or both!). Some preferred to keep their rug simple, and others were very elaborate. To finish them, we punched holes along the edges and knotted yarn to create tassels. Several students surprised me by asking if they could braid their tassels. It created a beautiful effect, but if you come home to find the edges of your rugs braided, I plead ignorance!