Friday, October 28, 2011

Animal Weaving - (2nd)

Students select 12 x 18 colored paper and drew a STOP LINE at the top by tracing a 1" paper strip.

The paper was folded in half and students wrote their name above the stop line. Along the fold we measured about 3 fingers spacing and marked it.

Then we cut straight up from each pencil mark up to the STOP LINE.
We unfolded the paper and laid it flat.

Students created a woven pattern by selecting two colors only.

The the students slid two new colors under the woven strips alternating the colors in a pattern.
These new colors were cut in half by the children, creating thinner strips.

Then all the ends were glued down on the front and back sides,
and the longer pieces were trimmed off.

 I passed out an animal idea sheet with shapes and details laid out and ready to follow. Each student selected an animal to do. I demonstrated how to recreate the animal with paper shapes.

(If you don't provide something showing how to create an animal, students inundate you with questions on how to make it. It could be overwhelming if you were their only resource. How to draw animal art books are helpful, but offer too many choices. The students would depend heavily on the teacher to help them turn a picture into a paper collage. )

Students folded a 12 x 18 black pear in half, usually a vertical fold is best although my sample is horizontal. I chose a bear head.
 We cut the head out while its folded. Once cut the inside part is kept for black face parts. Its the frame that's glued down. White paper is provided for eyes. A few other colors are laid out for use.


  1. Wow! Your weaving projects are spectacular! I would love to try these but wondering about your process. Would you share this? Thanks!

    1. Yes I would be glad to. Check back and I will update the lesson with photos.