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Guymon, Oklahoma, United States
I am blessed to live where my grandfather homesteaded, to have three beautiful daughters who are my best friends, to have six delightful grandchildren who live nearby, to be married to my sweetheart of 35 years and to thrill to the special magic of creating my own works of art. I'll never cease to thrill to witnessing new ideas and images come to life from the point of a pencil or splash of a brush. I am blessed.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

TEACHING BASKET WEAVING



I teach mostly 2D drawing and painting classes at our high school.  I also teach Advanced Placement Studio Art classes to my top juniors and seniors which is a college level/honors 2D class .  My first hour is a craft class that is mostly peopled by seniors.  I love starting my day with my senior crafters.

When I started teaching 17 years ago after years of having my own art studio and working full time in social work, I had no idea what to do with a high school level craft class.  The teacher before had taught since I had graduated and for 30 years she had her students painting prepoured ceramic statues and doing cross stitch sewing.  I knew I wanted to go in a different direction.

Now I teach a variety of inexpensive crafts that focus on using recyclables and everyday materials.  We don't live near a major craft store and most of my students are on free and reduced lunches with no money to purchase supplies. As most folks know - crafting can be horribly expensive if you aren't careful.  

This week I have been preparing to start a coil basket making unit with my crafters.  I actually haven't done this unit for nearly 10 years so I had some brushing up to do.  I am excited to start the unit with my students.  We are using cheap clothesline rope for our basket core and then I am giving them a choice to weave with traditional raffia, yarn, strips of fabric or strips of plastic trash/store bags.

As an art teacher, one of the greatest challenges is managing a classroom filled with different supplies for different mediums.  It is also a challenge to prepare new units with lots of examples of project steps.  I am fortunate to have a giant Smart board/projector and a document reader which lets me demonstrate a tiny process and have it projected across a whole wall.  All these teaching techniques requires lots of hour outside of class to prepare. 

I am having a lot of fun weaving my examples.  I always get so inspired when I start a new unit.  I want to drop everything and just play away the day.  

1 comment:

Eileen Barton said...

How funny! I was looking for new craft to do and just started doing coiled baskets with yarn though I am using macrame cord until I can find clotheslines. Love your artwork!