Confession: I hate to teach weaving. It just seems so. . . tedious to me. I hated it when I was a kid; I’m impatient and weaving takes time. Yet, everywhere I’ve ever taught, weaving is non-negotiable. It is literally specified by the standards that weaving is a required skill. In my opinion, this seems a bit superfluous. Is weaving such a necessary skill? There are so many skills that are (often) not specified by visual arts standards (printmaking, viewfinders, non-ceramic sculptures etc.). I’m torn about the necessitation of weaving.
I AM 100% sure the reason I hate teaching weaving is that I don’t like weaving myself. If the teacher isn’t interested, neither are the students.
So, when I was tasked to create a Science and Visual Art integrated project about worms I thought. . .Worms are long and skinny like weft. This ah-mazing weaving snakes project from Art Teacher Smile had been knocking around in my brain since she first posted it in October (I can’t take credit for the idea of weaving critters through grass). Maybe this is my big moment to create an interesting-to-me weaving project?! This project is the result; it was designed for 1-5 grade general education teachers (so I’m relying on crayons and markers over paint etc.). Depending on the skills on which you choose to focus, this project can be appropriate for 1st-5th grades.
If you try this project, let me know! I’d love to see it!!
Please enjoy the free share. Do not re-create any part of this project for sale or for publication. An honest attempt was made to credit sources used to design this project; if you believe a source is missing, please let me know.