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Bring Fibers Into Your Art Curriculum


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See examples of art educators in the Plano Independent School District using fibers in their art projects. This presentation gives not just examples, but advice and resources to support including fibers in the classroom. Resources include the website, the blog of Cassie Stephens, and the fiber course of The Art of Education.

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Bring Fibers Into Your Art Curriculum

  1. 1. Bring Fibers into Your Curriculum
  2. 2. My name is Christine Miller Since elementary school I have been… Knitting Crocheting Embroidering Needlepointing Sewing Hand weaving Making baskets Wet felting Needle felting
  3. 3. I’m a Life Long Fiber Artist I’ve exhibited and sold my work for over 40 years. I brought my love of fibers into the classroom when I started teaching art in 2005.
  4. 4. Fibers as a Fine Art Material? Check out this August 14, 2015 article by Michael Slenske
  5. 5. 2013 TEKS Update Includes Fiber Art! (2) Creative expression. The student communicates ideas through original artwork using a variety of media with appropriate skills. The student expresses thoughts and ideas creatively while challenging the imagination, fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and progressive problem- solving skills. The student is expected to: (F) demonstrate effective use of art media and tools in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, , design, and digital art and media.
  6. 6. Plano ISD Teachers Teaching With Fiber A district sharing fiber excitement!
  7. 7. Beth Carter Skaggs Elementary From the Teacher: “I love love love texture. I love to incorporate painting and clay with fiber to connect texture.” “Children crave texture in the art room. Fiber lessons settle the ‘Glitter’ of my most challenging students.” Clay Looms
  8. 8. "After teaching 20 years, I have discovered these types of lessons reach all of my ELL and special learning students as well as my gifted learners.”
  9. 9. Tracy Evans Mitchell Elementary Radial Weaving Installation The Seed of a Project “This 5th grade collaborative project fostered unity in the class and became a permanent installation in the library. The title, ‘Our Starry Night’ won because of its color, movement, texture and link to the art world.”
  10. 10. Meeka – “This is so exciting because we get to leave a little piece of us forever at Mitchell!” Blake - “Weaving I thought was more for girls, but I had so much fun learning it, I went home and asked my mom to buy me a loom! I now make gifts for my family!”
  11. 11. Virginia Mathys Miller Elementary What students say: The kids love that the yarn is warm and fuzzy, it helps them to focus and remember things better when they are crocheting. “We can use our imagination out loud!” Radial Weaving
  12. 12. “As a teacher, fibers are fun and exciting! The best part though is how excited they are and the sense of wonder and amazement in their eyes. They light up and they still see the world as magical!”
  13. 13. Amanda Glass Hedgcoxe Elementary Teacher’s Reflection “My students love to work with fiber arts. I like to use things that they might have at home like old cds, show them how to make a loom out of a cereal box, or make a “needle” out of tape, so that they can continue creating art at home.” Hand Weaving
  14. 14. Matthew Grundler Brinker Elementary Teacher’s Reflection “Since adding fiber into my program, it has allowed my students to gain a more rounded art experience.” Radial Weaving
  15. 15. High Engagement! Radial Weaving Student Reactions “Noooo!!!! I don’t wanna stop, this is too fun!” “This is a really fun project!”
  16. 16. Kim Paser Shepton High School Soft Sculpture Creatures Teacher’s Comment: “I really like to incorporate soft sculpture and sewing into my curriculum because the students really respond well to the medium and they are in a peaceful and tranquil state of mind when working. Also many of them say it is their favorite project of the year and they are most excited to take it home.”
  17. 17. “I like that sewing is a practical life skill that I can use in the future.”
  18. 18. Emily Garner Williams High School Stitching on Watercolor
  19. 19. Mrs. Garner says: “Bringing fibers into the studio gives the students more options. For centuries, society needed to know how to sew, spin yarn and weave. It’s important that we bring back this knowledge to our students.” Her student says: “I find it relaxing and fun. It brings a new aspect to my artwork and makes it more interesting. It’s definitely worth learning because you can do a lot with it.”
  20. 20. Christine Miller Williams High School What My Student Said: “Working with fiber is important. Fiber is a very important material to include in art programs. It will give students the chance to experiment with something new. Most students are just taught with the traditional materials. An art class should teach their students that art is everywhere in in everything. The students should not be limited to just working with the traditional materials.” Needle Felted Sculpture
  21. 21. Fibers Enrich an Art Program Teacher Story “I had a male student in my Art I: 3D Design and Sculpture class. He never showed enthusiasm or excitement in my class. When he started weaving on a small floor loom in my studio, he had the biggest smile on his face. It made my heart smile as well.” Floor Loom Weaving
  22. 22. Materials & Mentoring There are a lot of resources to help you strengthen your fiber program!
  23. 23. It’s scary to teach something I’m not familiar with! New materials and processes present new problems! I have…
  24. 24. …Questions… I have equipment from a former teacher I don’t know how to use! Where can I find help for various fiber processes? How do I get materials? I don’t have a big supply budget! How do I know my
  25. 25. Explore Fiber promotes fibers as a contemporary fine art material in art education. Explore Fiber is a collaborative initiative and resource by and for a community of educators and artists working with fibers through innovative art expressions.
  26. 26. Explore Fiber Provides: quality lessons using fibers as a fine art material videos for inspiration and tutorial support interviews with fiber artists and art educators a blog for communication and dialogue in the broad fiber arts community an interactive space to explore fiber arts in the 21st century
  27. 27. Explore Fiber Resources
  28. 28. Let us be Your Resource! • Submit a Lesson • For Teachers • Fiber, Blogs, Websites, Facebook Pages & Social Networks • Fiber Galleries and Museums • Fiber Organizations • Journals, Publications & Articles • Schools, Classes, Workshops • University Programs
  29. 29. Lessons & Video Tutorials
  30. 30. Be a Contributor!
  31. 31. Fiber News & Inspiration
  32. 32. Cassie Stephens TAEA Keynote Speaker & Elementary Fibers Queen! In the Art Room: A Woven Clutch In the Art Room: God’s Eye (Ojo de Dios) In the Art Room: Circle Loom Weaving with Second Grade
  33. 33. The Art of Education Online Grad Class: Studio Fibers Online Professional Development Taught by Cassie Stephens
  34. 34. Obtainium: something that can be had for little or no cost! Art teachers are experts at scrounging and begging! You have to contact the right people to get the materials and support you need!
  35. 35. Write a Grant! Find Resources to Get the Equipment you Want!
  36. 36. How do I get materials? Contact Local Fiber Organizations Fiber organizations want their passion to stay alive and are very excited for young people to learn about Fiber arts! Weaving Guilds Knitting Guilds Embroidery Guilds Quilter Guilds Sewing Guilds Basket Guilds
  37. 37. How do I learn how to use equipment I have? Network & Teach Yourself! YouTube is a great resource for video tutorials. Explore Fiber is also building a fiber video tutorial database. Contact local artists to find a mentor that can help you!
  39. 39. No Guts, No Glory! Students LOVE fiber! Start slow, choose a project you are interested in and gather the supplies you need. Reach out to your community. HAVE FUN!