In Lafayette’s art studio classroom we are not only learning about the elements, principles and media of the visual arts, but are using the arts to gain a greater understanding, depth and richness of language arts, math, science and social studies curricula. Using the arts to teach, creates learning that is internalized and understood by children with all learning styles and on multiple levels. By educating students through the visual arts and traditional academic content simultaneously, I help inspire and nurture the truly creative thinkers needed for this new millennium.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Navajo Weavers Inspire Lafayette Third Graders
For several months before the winter holidays, grades 1-3 were hard at work creating handcrafts from clay and yarn. Many of these came home in time for gift giving.
Third graders found the craft of weaving to be therapeutic and gratifying and many students put in time during open art to complete their creations or begin a second project. We used a simple cardboard loom but also watched videos of weavers using an assortment of looms and techniques from all over the world.
Tying knots proved to be challenging for some of us due to velcro shoes I think!