Weavings by Cameron (top) and Evan (bottom)
3rd graders are creating weavings using yarn and a chipboard loom. They learn to read a pattern with weaving instructions. The patterns include vertical stripe, horizontal stripe, checkerboard, and fishnet. Students are also allowed to create their own patterns. 3rd graders who had me as 1st graders will already know the basic principle of weaving: over and under! One of the skills we learn in this project is to check our own work and fix mistakes right away. If a piece of yarn is not woven correctly, it affects the entire pattern.
When a weaving is complete, students cut it off the loom and secure it with knots, then take it home. I reuse the looms from year to year, but students who are interested can either purchase a loom from an art supply store or make one from a shoebox lid.
2nd grade collage in progress
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.
2nd Grade Dhurrie Rug Collages
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!