I like to save my tactile art projects for the “End of the School Year Ants in the Pants” syndrome, as I call it. One of the projects I’ve done in the past that has been met with tremendous success – would be the Plate weavings. I changed the project up a bit this year and had the students design their plate which serves as the loom. 5th- 6th graders are doing this project.
I first provided the students with a compass to make circles within circles – and then create designs within them. That portion of the project took up about 2 class periods.
Next I had the students cut 19 slits all around their plate and get their loom prepped. It somewhat resembles a bicycle wheel…
I had enough time to show some of the students how to begin their weavings and all I’ve got to say is “SUCCESS….AGAIN!!” Hillel Torah students: girls AND BOYS love to weave. The boys have even mentioned that the weavings resemble kippahs – so who knows….?? Maybe we will be able to successfully pull the weavings off and they could be used as kippahs. We shall see…!