♠ Posted by ArtMuse in 4th Grade Lessons at 4:31 PM
It all started in August when I opened my box of art supplies only to find that instead of ordering the wide-notched chipboard looms I wanted, I order these wide-notched chipboard looms instead. The main difference? About 10 notches and 6". The result? Miniature weavings! Not a total loss, but not exactly what I had in mind when teaching my first weaving lesson either.
I ended up trying the lesson 3 different ways. The first, and least successful way I tried was on my first two classes, where I had the kids attempt to take the weaving off the loom and affix one end of the knotted threads to a Popsicle stick. . Big mistake!! Because the weaving is so short it was difficult to tie off and as a result, many of them started to unravel! After finding that out (the hard way) I had my second and third classes leave the weaving on the loom as you see in the pictures below but add tassels and beads, not a huge mistake as the weavings stayed in tact but a HUGE time drain as how it took FOREVER for the kids to tie on tassels, string them with beads, and knot the ends. I kept it real simple with my last 2 classes and had them keep the weavings 'as is' and just hot glued them to a piece of oak tag. To add a little 'umph' to the project I had them do repousse sun/moons and then decorate a border. All in all not a total loss. However this year I made SURE I order the correct size looms!