Monday, March 28, 2011

Weaving Paintings

I led drop-in art at the OKCMOA this weekend and we had a great time exploring warm and cool colors with watercolors and weaving.

First I gave each student two pieces of watercolor paper. I explained warm colors and cool colors and we looked at examples on the board. Now we get started painting.

We used our yellow, red and orange watercolors to completely cover our first piece of paper.
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Then we filled our second sheet of paper with cool colors. Our paint was blue, purple and green.

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We used salt and paper towels to add fun effects to our papers while they were wet.

We used a hairdryer to speed up the drying process and then worked on cutting our papers to prepare them for weaving.

Looking at your paper vertical, or portrait style, bring the bottom of the paper to the top making one fold. We made our cuts from the folded end almost to the top of the paper. You do not want to cut all the way through the paper.

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You can make straight cuts, wavy cuts, zig-zag, etc.

Now we cut the second sheet of painted paper into strips. You want the strips to be as long as your loom paper so looking at your paper vertically make horizontal cuts creating strips for weaving.

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With our paper vertical we weave our strips of paper going over and under our loom paper. The second strip will go opposite of what you did the first time. If your first strip began on the top, your second will start on bottom. As you move along the paper will take on a checkerboard effect.

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To finish we mounted our papers horizontal on construction paper that was a little bit bigger than our weavings creating a mat for our piece. I laid out a lot of colors so the kids could see how putting their piece on different colors could really change the overall look of their piece. This was so much fun, here are some of our finished creations!

You will need:
-Student grade watercolor paper
-Watercolors
-Brushes and washout bowls
-Scissors
-Gluesticks
-Salt and textured paper towels (optional)
-Hairdryer for speed dry (optional)

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3 comments:

Deborah J Stewart said...

This is wonderful!

theartofeducation said...

Erin- I am sorry I missed you in Seattle, too. It's sort of a long story. Email me sometime and we'll catch up. jessicabalsley@gmail.com or theartofed@gmail.com

:) Can't wait to hear how it went for you!

Jessica

Erin Laughpaintcreate said...

Deborah, Thank you for your kind comment, reader feedback keeps me posting!

Jessica, I will e-mail you! :)

Erin