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Winged Weavings

Create a multi-media weaving that pops with texture and is crowned with a majestic bird drawing.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Read Abuela’s Weave by Omar S. Castaneda to the students. Discuss the role that weaving plays in Abuela’s family. Show students traditional weavings and textiles from Central and South America. These crafts have been in existence for thousands of years and are made on a variety of looms. Weavings often have complex geometric patterns and symbolic pictures woven into the design or embroidered onto the surface. A common symbol used in weaving is the bird. Birds often represent the sun god, sky, freedom, peace and justice. Show examples of birds on textiles.
    2. Begin by showing students how to weave a simple paper weaving on a paper loom. The loom is the structure that holds the entire piece together. Take a 12” x 18” (30.5 cm x 45.7 cm) piece of Crayola® construction paper and fold it in half. Make about six cuts starting on the fold up towards the other edge stopping about an inch from the top. Cuts can be straight, curvy or zig zag. These vertical strips of paper will serve as the warp of the weaving. Allow time for students to make their looms.
    3. Now use 1” x 18” (2.5 cm x 45.7 cm) multi-colored strips of paper to weave through the warp. These horizontal strips are called the weft. Create an over-under pattern alternating each row.
    4. When complete, pull strips to make them even leaving a few inches hanging out on each side. Next use Crayola Glue Sticks to glue the wefts to the warp on the edges.
    5. Fold a 12” x 18” (30.5 cm x 45.7 cm) piece of paper in half. Use the glue sticks to attach to the top of the loom.
    6. Invite students to work on creating texture around the edges of the loom. Cut the excess weft hanging off the sides in half. Make paper sculpture on the sides. Demonstrate how to roll the paper around a pencil to create a curl and make a staircase by making an accordion fold.
    7. Give students a piece of white paper to draw a bird. Have bird books and electronic devices for students to use for references. Make a contour drawing using a black Crayola marker and then fill the bird with small complex patterns. Color the bird with bright contrasting colors. Encourage students to design the background with a large simple pattern and color with vibrant colors. Glue this drawing to the top piece of the weaving, which will frame the image.
  • Standards

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meaning.

    MATH: Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.

    MATH: Reason with shapes and their attributes.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    VA: Use art vocabulary to describe choices while creating art.

    VA: Use observation and investigation to make a work of art.

  • Adaptations

    Look at the amazing yarn paintings made by the Huichol artists of Mexico. Notice the vibrant colors, details and incredible craftsmanship. Have students create a drawing with Crayola markers that is inspired by the lines of the yarn paintings.

    A mola is a handmade textile using a reverse applique technique. Several layers of different colored cloth are sewn together; the design is then formed by cutting away parts of each layer. The edges of the layers are then turned under and sewn down. Molas are part of the traditional costume of the Kuna woman in Panama. Create a drawing inspired by the colors of the Kuna molas with Crayola oil pastels and black Crayola watercolor paint. Have students create a central image, then use bright contrasting colors to outline the shape several times. Next, create a bold geometric border around the edge of the drawing. Finally, paint black watercolor around the central image so that it pops.

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