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Art class for kids: Weaving

In a recent art class, my students — Mared, age 10,  and Catrin, age 7 — learned to weave.

First, we cut strips into one piece of paper, leaving a one-inch margin on one side so that the paper stayed intact. Then we cut out strips of various pieces of paper and wove them in and out on the first piece of cut paper.

Once they learned the basic technique, the girls wove strips of fabric, thick threads and strips of paper onto a base of grey toned paper.

I then asked them to use their weave as a dress. They then drew the face and limbs around the woven dress and put feathers in the hair.

Weave by Mared, age 10.

Weave by Mared, age 10.

Weave by Catrin, age 7.

Weave by Catrin, age 7.

This project taught the girls weaving but also let them combine weaving with the drawing techniques of previous lessons.

They loved this exercise so much they didn’t want to go home!

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