Tuesday, February 20, 2018

In the Art Room: First Grade Woven Owls

 Holy cats, I'm excited to share this first grade weaving lesson with y'all. I do a paper weaving project with my first graders each year and try to put a different spin on it each time. Here's a peak at last year's weavings
This year, I knew I wanted to do something a little different. Here's this year's weaving project, owls! Feel free to use this lesson in your art creating world:
What's the hardest part about teaching paper weaving? Creating the paper loom! I've been creating paper looms with my first graders since my first year teaching. So, like, for 100 years. I would like to say, I've got it down. Here's me teaching first graders how to create a loom:
The giant loom is a huge help. Also, that book, The Goat in the Rug, is a must have in the art rom. Here's our follow up lesson where we learn to weave:
I like to have my kids weave in a circle. I love this because it creates this fun atmosphere. It also allows me to sit in the middle of the circle and help those that need it. I also utilize a ton of peer tutoring at this time. Oh, you done? Go help Joe Bob over there, please and thank you.
 Pudgy first grade fingers KILL me, y'all!
 I'd like to take a moment to point out that I merely SUGGESTED rainbow weavings...but did not twist any arms. So pretty!
 The following week, we learned about abstract painting...well, as much as we could in our 30 minutes together. Here's the lesson:
 And here's the result. Not too shabby for 30 minutes and a whole lot of jibber jabbering by me, right?! Eat your heart out, Kandinsky!
 The following art class, we watched some great kid-friendly videos on owls before doing a guided drawing one of our own.
 This coming week, we'll begin to assemble and I'll be sure to keep you posted. I'm so excited about this lesson! I'd love to hear from you if you give it a go!
Until then, have a great week, y'all!
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  1. What a great weaving lesson idea! Thank you so much for sharing! I can't wait to try this lesson with my students!!!

  2. Great project! I love your video, also! I'm definitely going to use this lesson. Thank you for the tips on how to teach them how to cut their looms!

  3. I believe you said this somewhere but what music were you playing for the kids?! Love this going to give it a try!! Thank you

  4. Tried this with 3 of my 4 first grade classes so far and very successful!! I taught weaving, then did the painting and head drawing and will rip and glue next week. In one class we created rainbow paper on a whim so I just used that and had them pastel over it. So we tried to draw the head and rip and glue all in one class, this did not go so smoothyly :)! Right when ripping was complete my five minute warning alarm went off Oh the joys of getting caught up in the moment of art. I am so excited to see how they come out. It is so fun! How many classes did it take you? Thanks for all your wonderful lessons!

  5. I started the weavings yesterday and have taught 2 classes. Both went great! They LOVED The Goat In The Rug book and it went perfectly with the lesson. Perfect way for kids to make own loom. When they left the room today they all said how excited they were with their weavings and how they felt smart! They informed me it was “tricky” but they did it! Made my day!:)

  6. Anonymous3/14/2018

    OK....I've been looking everywhere trying to figure out if we art teachers are the ones who are cutting ALL those paper strips for weaving or are the kiddos cutting those out? That's a truckload of strips to cut -and if the kids cut then they may become paper zig-zags! HOW DO YOU DO IT? Thanks in advance for your advice. I'm a newbie (at 45) and so excited to to start teaching art!

    1. I cut mine with a large paper cutter and it gets the job done really quick.

  7. What paper/size did you use for the background??

  8. Looks great. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Diamond Art Kits


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