Description of the Unit –
Students will practice simple loom weaving and create one small tapestry.
Activity statement –
In the California Visual Arts Standards, fourth grade students should experience using “fibers…to create a simple weaving,” (2.4, Creative Expression). Further, as students will be working on sewing samplers in fifth grade, they will benefit from this opportunity to develop their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Finally, while practicing this simple weaving technique on a cardboard loom, students will reinforce their understanding of color and pattern via the design they choose to weave.
- The basic ‘over-under’ technique for loom weaving
- What the terms ‘warp’ and ‘weft’ mean
Be able to:
- Use colors and patterns creatively as they weave
Weave a simple ‘over-under’ pattern
Students will: create one simple cardboard loom tapestry
Resources and materials –
- An example of a weaving
- Pre-cut cardboard looms
- Multicolored yarn
- Tapestry or weaving needles
- Warp thread
- Dowels for hanging tapestries (optional)
- What do the warp threads do?
- What is the weft?
- What you begin a new line, do you go the same way, or do you flip the pattern?
- What kinds of colors would look interesting side by side on your tapestry?
- How can you play with pattern? Describe…
Evaluation – Did students
- Proficiently weave their tapestries?
- Creatively play with color and pattern on their tapestry?
- Student questions
- Group discussions
- Oral responses to essential questions
- Elaboration and risk-taking