First graders began these beautifully colored weavings by looking at Eric Carle's artwork and trying to guess how he achieved his various collaged papers. Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of such books as Brown Bear and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Provided with an assortment of tempera paints and materials (toothbrushes, plastic combs, cut cardboard combs etc.) the kiddos went to town exploring and discovering their own paper designing processes.
Experiment, try, see what happens if...
Next, they learned about various uses of weaving, watched a video of a Kenyan boy about their age weaving Kente Cloth on a loom, and then set out to make their own loom. We called it a "wacky weaving" because the loom lines are not straight, but varied, thus making interesting woven designs.
Once the loom was completed, the children needed to make weft- something to weave with. They cut their handmade painted papers into strips using a ruler to draw lines first.
Ready? Let the weaving begin!