For the Love of Weaving

As I sit at my loom weaving I am entranced by the rhythm of the back and forth movement of the shuttle that trails a colorful weft. My feet push the pedals in an up and down motion, prompting the harnesses to move. I weave to create beautiful and functional fabrics that can be used by others. These weavings focus on pattern and color. My inspiration is found in the things around me ñ the different blues you see when looking out over the ocean or a lake; the bright reds, oranges, and browns you see as autumn comes and the leaves begin to fall; the brightness of a sunny spring day and the bright green of the grass and colors of the emerging flowers. These combine within the cloth and interact with one another, creating a symbiotic relationship between these intense, saturated colors that I dye. The patterns I choose for the woven structure are intended to create integrity within the fabric. I want these fabrics to withstand the test of time and their structures are designed to withstand being worn on the body. I am drawn to undulating, echo weaves that create a sense of vibration through color interaction and pattern. The moment one of my weavings comes off the loom and I can touch it, fold it, iron it, wash it ñ it becomes a piece of art that I want others to experience and be able to interact with. For this reason I focus mainly on the shawl format so the cloth can be worn and these weavings can serve a purpose by bringing joy to the lives of others.

Enwrapped In Color

Enwrapped In Color
Shawl Format Color and Pattern Interaction and Integration

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lesson Plan for KCAI Youth Continuing Ed, Art and Nature Painting Class

So, I am getting pretty excited about starting teaching this up and coming week and have been working to come up with lesson plans, overviews of the class for the parents, and interesting projects to play with within this class. While it has nothing to do with weaving, it VERY very much has to do with my dreams of teaching children as a profession and my desire to create a love of art within these students while they are young. This class will be taught to a group of 9-11 year olds, as well as a group of 12-15 year olds. Hope you enjoy, and PLEASE if you have any feedback- don't hold back! Thank you for reading, and all my love.

Art and Nature Painting Overview
Monday – On the first day of class we will make name tags and do introduction games with the students so they feel as if they can talk and share about themselves. We will talk about our favorite outdoor activities and will be sketching and painting their favorite outdoor area. We will go for a walk as a class this first day to pick up sticks, leaves, rocks, etc. for the next days project.
Tuesday – We will then be working on still life drawing and painting today, using a center-piece compiled out of the objects they picked up on the walk the day before. Will have them do sketches from multiple vantage points and have them pick a sketch to enlarge and be able to paint on a larger scale. We will talk about color and texture in these pieces and to end the class will talk about artist signatures.
Wednesday –  On the third day we will talk about magnification, each student choosing an object from nature to hone in on, being able to magnify the most interesting parts of that object and rendering it realistically as possible. Will draw and paint an enlarged, magnified, image of their object. Will work with a photo or magazine clipping of their favorite element in nature and will draw and paint the scene they imagine would be around it.
Thursday –  Today we will go outside and I will designate a specific spot everyone has to stay in. In pairs the students will find a place to sit and draw the scene they see in front of them. Will have them switch boards, the other adding their own touch to their partners drawings. Will trade back again, letting the original artist finish up the composition. We will talk about collaborative art while walking inside. When inside we will work on collaging unique outdoor nature scenes using different elements and putting them places maybe they wouldn’t usually be found. We will talk about color relationship and pattern within these collages.
Friday – On Friday we will take the collaged scenes they composed the day before and sketch it on large Bristol board. Will then paint this abstracted scene/landscape they collaged and drew. We will then talk about their favorite projects, what worked and what didn’t, and what was most challenging. Will then pick 1 or 2 finished compositions to display in the end of the week art exhibit.

           Within this painting course we will be exploring a variety of different paints in order to paint the world around us. We will be working with plein air, outside scenes and landscape drawing, as well as working in the classroom. We will focus on honing in on the painting styles and techniques of each individual student. They will express what they see around them, what they view everyday in nature, and also what they see right in front of them. From the small details of a blade of grass that you depict on a much larger scale, to a sweeping landscape, we will be looking at nature and the beauty it withholds. Lots of sketching, drawing, and painting will be taking place. There will also be lots of learning and talking about the different things we can do to keep the nature that we gain so much from, in good condition. We will be doing collages of our ‘perfect’ landscape and then render these in paint. Going outside, being around what we are making artwork of, and from, will really make for a fun, creative, inspiring environment.  Each individual student will be able to come up with their own style and method of painting these things around them they see. We will talk about landscape art and the role it has played throughout the centuries, and how it fits into the contemporary art world. We will play around with color and texture, and work on pieces that build up many layers of paint to create a relief painting with physical texture. We will be looking at lots of magazines and books to gain inspiration from, and some writing and storytelling will be incorporated into the art-making process. Overall, this class will be an amazing look into what we are surrounded by. We will be gaining knowledge, respect, and honing in on our artistic ability to depict the things around us.

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