My students need supplies such as a 48 inch weaving loom, 300 pieces of felt and needles, Flufferfill, and thread for a fiber arts center. Students will have the opportunity to weave on both personal and large format looms as well as sew functional art.
As the art teacher, I am fortunate to count every student in school as one of my own. They are an extraordinary mix of talented kids. The way they approach their work and problem-solve is exciting to witness. They will be excellent fibers artists and I can't wait to see what they make!
I teach in a thriving, culturally diverse city school.
We have a student/parent/teacher tended garden, an after school robotics program, a Spanish program, an awesome staff, and some of the most supportive parents I've ever met. I love working here and the kids love coming here. Unfortunately, we are also challenged with a low to nonexistent budget. In order to enhance every child's school experience, we reach out in any way we can to acquire the resources we need.
My students need supplies such as a 48 inch weaving loom, 300 pieces of felt and needles, Flufferfill, and thread for a fiber arts center. Students will have the opportunity to weave on both personal and large format looms as well as sew functional art. In art class this year I want to ask bigger questions of my students. I want to teach them how to think about art in relation to themselves and to the world. I want to promote ownership in my classroom by providing basic skills and then allowing students to choose the direction of their work. In short, I plan to encourage more critical thinking, problem solving, and personal goal setting with my curriculum this year.
One of the most important first steps is to create art centers within the classroom. Drawing, sculpture, printmaking, painting, collage, and clay are ready to go. I believe fiber arts should not be left off this list. Weaving and sewing are unique ways to create and communicate. Most of the schools I've seen don't offer this- especially at the elementary level. I believe my students should be exposed to as many art forms as possible and fibers should absolutely be one of them.
Fibers offers unique challenges and is a medium for artistic communication often overlooked.
No two students are exactly the same and every one of them needs an educational experience tailored to their specific strengths and needs. Giving every student every artistic experience possible is the only way I know how to do that.
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