This year I pushed to have professional development for the elementary art teachers. My director was extremely supportive of the idea, and helped to make it happen with the powers that be. My friend Janet (yes...we do a lot of stuff together) & I brainstormed PD topics. All of which support our curriculum, and bring in aspects of our new text book adoption. I then found art teachers in our district to instruct. Janet & I are helping to lead several of them, but we've brought in other teachers from our district to lead as well. We are our own best resource...and it has been a joy to watch our peers lead & bring their own unique ideas to the workshops.
Janet & Mindy both have degrees in weaving/fabrics, and were the perfect choice for this workshop. I love weaving, and was confident in several of the things they were demonstrating. However...YOU CAN TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS!!!!!!!!!!!! I learned many!
This first image is not exactly weaving...it is braiding, but it is something I know my students will enjoy doing at some point!! The basic weaving with recycled materials was challenging, but fun. They showed us an easier way to do it, but I always make things hard on myself. It worked, but would probably go with the way they suggested if I were to do it with students.
You know I had to make a turtle weaving!!! This is made from felt. You can order large packs of felt for a good price. You'll need a rotary cutter & mat to make this easier on yourself!!! With a wood rod going from leg to leg...it gave it a wonderful support to be turned into a wall hanging.
The belt was made with a straw loom. I WAS ADDICTED!!!! I had never worked with a straw loom before...it was so much fun. The circle weaving is something I do with my 3rd graders every year....I love making them so much that I stayed through lunch working on it. ha ha
16 yrs in a district the size of ours...you develop great friendships with your peers...even if you don't get to see each other very often! When you do though...it is always a blast with much to talk about & laughs to share. I know how blessed we are here in MNPS to have so many art teachers, and to have the opportunities to get together for professional development. I wish I could have all you who find yourself the one and only...or one of few to come and be a part of our times together.