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Weaving Background Information
Weaving is a traditional craft that once was extremely important to everyday life. Craftsmen wove textiles to make things like clothing and blankets. Now computerized machines weave most of our clothes for us, but there are still some craftsmen who weave by hand. Weaving is done on an instrument called a loom, which is anything that you can attach threads to in a way you can weave with. Textile weaving is an important tradition to many cultures around the world, including the American southwest (Native American), the Amazon region, Mexico, Ancient Persia, and Europe. Some artists wove patterns and designs that talked about their cultural heritage. In modern days, artists weave cultural messages into their works as well. The term craft is used to describe the artistic practice of wood, clay, glass, textile, and metal making in the decorative arts.

Usually the piece has a function or decorative purpose. work. Craftsmen are very skilled in the technical knowledge of how to make their specific product, but often impart cultural or personal symbolism into their work. People who work as craftsmen can have a wide variety of careers. They can sell their work on a

small scale by attending craft fairs and art fairs, they can work or larger companies and design products to be manufactured, they can work on commission from clients, and much more. There are many opportunities to take classes in specific crafts, so a lot of craftsmen can become teachers as well.

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Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch painter who lived in the mid 1800’s. He was a sad man for most of his life, but he had a very nice brother who paid for him to live and paint.Van Gogh didn’t even start learning how to paint until he

was in his twenties! He lived by himself in the country, and painted a lot of landscape paintings. He was good friends with another painter artist named Gauguin, and Gauguin came to visit Van Gogh and live with him.Van

Gogh decided to paint some sunflowers to decorate the room his friend would live in.Van Gogh did not sell many paintings when he was alive, but after he died they became very valuable, selling for millions of dollars!


Van Gogh woven sunflowers!

ART.VA.I.5.2 Use art materials and tools safely and responsibly with environmental awareness. ART.VA.II.5.1 Synthesize the knowledge of materials, techniques, and processes to create artwork. ART.VA.III.5.2 Identify and defend various purposes for creating works of visual art. ART.VA.IV.5.1 Defend the history of visual arts and specific relationships to various cultures and times. ART.VA.V.5.1 Explain how visual arts have inherent relationships to everyday life. ART.VA.V.5.2 Identify various careers in the visual arts.


The purpose of this assignment is to expose students to the specific craft skill of weaving. Students will learn about the career of being an artisan of a particular craft, and how the tradition of crafts as evolved in history. Students will learn about the history of weaving, as well as develop the skill and weave their own project. The students will weave the inner circle of a sunflower on a cut yellow paper plate, paint a stick green, and attach to form a sunflower. The main goal of this project is for students to understand the idea of craft as well as learn the techniques of a basic weaving project. To incorporate art history into the lesson, students will also learn about the artist Vincent Van Gogh- especially his Sunflower paintings and why he made them. Students will create woven sunflowers to relate to Van Gogh’s work.

Wooden Sticks Green paint Paintbrushes Colored yarn Yellow paper plates Scissors Tape Hole punch Water in containers Pens Powerpoint Computer Projector

Process Instructions:
plate, then continuing one notch down and across again. •Students will write names on the back of the plate in pen •Students will paint wooden sticks green •Students will watch demo on creating a bobbin •Students will create a bobbin •Students will label and secure their projects, put them away, and clean up

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Van Gogh/Weaving Ppt
Paint stems green
Measure and cut petals
Measure and cut yarn

Wrap yarn around plate
Class Two: ••• •Students come in to class, settle down Weave yarn around yarn
Class One prep: •Students will review with teacher what •Trim wooden sticks to appropriate they remember about careers in craft, Cut and tie end of yarn
lengths the craft tradition, and weaving. Teacher •Prepare 10min PowerPoint presentation will ask questions to promote a on Van Gogh’s life and Sunflower Tape dry stem to plate discussion. paintings, craft and weaving •Students will watch 2min demo back
•Cut yarn into specific lengths for each reminder on how to weave and creating student (one length yellow yarn for a bobbin. Hang up and display!
outline, one short yellow length for •Students will tape one end of brown tying to stick, one long length of brown string to back of plate. yarn for weaving.) •Students will begin weaving a •Have two holes punched in the middle circular shape with the brown yarn. EVALUATION: of each yellow paper plate • Once the circle is complete, students will tie the other end of the Class One: brown yarn to the taped end on the •Students come in to class, get settled Students should understa back of the plate. nd how to •Students see 10min PowerPoint • Students will poke short yellow weave with yarn on a loo m. They Presentation on craft tradition and yarn piece through the two holes should be able to recogniz weaving, including careers in e Van punched in the plate middle at the Gogh’s Sunflower painti craftsmanship. back. ngs and •Students watch 10min demo on setting remember some details abo •Students will get out green ut Van up plate for weaving. painted stick Gogh’s life as an artist. Stu •Students cut their plates an odd amount dents •Students will tie short yellow should have completed a of times. yarn to the top of the painted stick weave on •Students tape end of long yellow yarn •Students will give finished pieces their paper plate looms and fashioned to back of plate a sunflower from it. •Students wrap yellow yarn around cut to the teacher who will hang them on the wall. ‘petals’ around the plate, going from one ‘notch’ to the one directly across the Directions:


Check Plus- Paid attention during lectures and participated in class discussions. Was not disruptive and worked diligently on their own tasks. Understood assignment and executed directions correctly.

Check- Paid attention and was not disruptive, but did not actively participate and did not put full effort into the project. Partially understood assignment and directions.

Check Minus- Did not pay attention, was disruptive to the class, did not participate, and did not work hard on the project. Did not grasp concepts of assignment or implement techniques correctly.