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                                               Lesson Plan: Magazine Weaving

Teacher: Mr. Essex Garner, Eugene R-5 High School, Eugene, Missouri
Cooperating Teacher: Mrs. Rhonda Burkett
Unit: Weaving Techniques

Grade Level: Art Fundamentals I (9 through 12)


Objective Students will learn a new technique not based on drawing skills, and develop an appreciation for the Arts within the craft of Weaving. Students will incorporate the disciplines of composition, color placement, arrangement of shapes and esthetics.

Strand: (Know about Art), (Making Art) and Elements of Art.

Supplies Needed Scissors, Clear Tape, Construction and Magazines

Introduction: Demonstrate different weaving techniques and show pictures of finished works from magazine photos, craft trade magazine/books, etc. Discuss the technique of finding two images that will work together during the weaving process. Example: Two pictures of figure skaters woven together.

Magazine Weaving; Art Fundamentals I Art Student, Eugene R-5, Missouri (Right)


Steps 1. Students will find two magazine images to be woven together. The photograph that contains the vertical cuts will have a half-inch drop from the top edge. The size of the photograph is the maximum size of the project less the border used if any of construction paper.


Step 2. Cut vertical lines in half-inch wide strips up to the horizontal line marked in step one (one half inch from top edge). Repeat pattern across the remainder of your photograph. Encourage students not to us straight lines for their design weaving; stay away from boring checkered board weaving.


Step 3. Take the second photograph and cut horizontal strips throughout the paper also about one half inch in thickness. The top half-inch strip in some cases may need to be removed. Ensure the pieces are kept in order i.e. You want to still be able to view the image, and sense the strips are not straight they must fit together when woven an in order.


Step 4. Start the weaving of horizontal through vertical strips. Flexibility with the weaving can be allowed here to allow emphasis on certain areas within the photo. Example: A normal over under, over under weave could turn into an over over or an under under weave.


Step 5. Tape the back of the woven ends to ensure the total weave technique stays together through the mounting process. Mount on construction paper.


Vocabulary: Weaving, warp, weft, crafts, arrangement, pattern, overlapping, checkered board weaving, and composition.


Clean Up: Allow 5 minutes prior to accomplish before class ends.



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