Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I love weaving!  This project was so much fun!  What a great way to end the year.  My third graders did tree weavings this year.  They had to pick a season, then they painted their paper plate to match the season.  I wanted to tone down the colors to go with our nature colored yarn, so they had to paint the whole plate brown or black first, then they painted the colors over top.  They cut the slits to make the warp strings.  Next, they wrapped the loom with yarn to create the warp strings.  They used the excess yarn to wrap up from the bottom to make the trunk.  Then, they used yarn to weave and create the top of the trees.  They turned out amazing!  I can't wait to do this project again next year!  

My fifth graders this year learned about the Egyptian culture for their clay project.  They learned about and create Canopic jars.  They had to make two pinch pots for the jar and attach them together.  They had to cut the opening of the jar.  They made the lid and attached a coil under the lid to prevent from slipping off.  They created something to attach to the lid.  Some students chose to engrave the base of the jar.  They antiqued them with watered down black paint and then added gold or silver paint with a sponge.  They turned out amazing!  I would buy these!      
My fourth graders made clay mugs this year.  We had a lot of fun with this project.  I had rolled slabs ahead of time for the base and the sides of the mugs.  They had to construct it using the score, slip, and bond technique.  They had to roll a coil for the handle and attach that.  Finally, they got to choose what subject matter they would use to design their mug.  Fun Functional Art!