Welcome to Dream, Draw Create! This blog features art projects for children. These projects have been used in my classes. My lessons allow children to learn about all the elements and principles of art while striving to introduce them to many genres of art.
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
We call them "Floppy Friends". Weaving with drinking straws by Grades 4 - 6.
When the students are finished weaving the knot at the bottom of the straw loom is untied and the students push the weaving off of the straws. This step is a little scary because it seems like things are going to fall apart, fortunately they don't. The warp threads need to be tied securely at the top and bottom then trimmed. We begin at the bottom of the weaving first. We tie two threads at a time as opposed to all of the warp threads at once. Next it's time to slide the straws off. It's really important to be careful during this step. As you recall we had taped a small tail over the edge of the straw to secure it and prohibit it from slipping down into the straw. You should have enough extra yarn at the top, at least 10" or so to prevent the warp thread from being pulled down into the body of the weaving. Once this happens you pretty much have to start over as it's practically impossible to retrieve. I only had one student who met up with this misfortune and we all stopped and observed a moment of silence for our fallen floppy friend!
The kids did a great job with the abundance of collage materials I had on hand coupled with a healthy dose of imagination.