3rd, 4th, and 5th graders had the opportunity to weave using yarn and a variety of looms. 3rd graders used cardboard, 4th graders used recycled CDs, and 5th graders used cups. Getting started was the toughest part especially for 4th graders who had to create spokes on which to weave. I figured I would set some rules to begin with so it didn’t become too chaotic.
Everybody was fascinated with the fact that arm span = height. I let the students use ANY COLORS THEY WANT!!!!!! They were absolutely thrilled about this. Here is the wonderful and colorful selection of yarn:
(They did not stay in rainbow order long after this picture was taken.)
5th graders (and one random third grade class) cut vertically into cups and wove over-under-over-under to create really cool functional art.
Students who finished their weaving has the opportunity to color in a Mandala to go along with the theme of radial design.
3rd graders used cardboard for their looms:
Can I be honest with you dear readers? I am really nonplussed and completely unimpressed by weaving. I have noticed that in other blogs art teachers rant and rave about how wonderful and glorious it is. I thought it was incredibly tedious and left very little room for flexibility, creativity, or differentiation. There is literally only one correct way weave with yarn and if it is knot done properly it will look silly and spoolish. (See what I did there?)
Because this unit did not enthrall the kids — some of them downright hated it — I think I will be amending it for next year and planning projects that allow for more artistic freedom.