Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Woven photo

To create woven photographs, I will be using the Free Prints app to have photos of my students mailed to me for (almost) free! 😎  Check out the app or find another snazzy way to get the photos cheap.  I'll take one photo of each student (or have the student take the photo) then I'll edit the photo on my phone so that I can adjust it to black and white, and save a copy. This will give me two photos of the student- one in color and one in black and white.  I'll load the photos I want to the app, then wait a few days for them to ship to me. 

Once the photos arrive, we'll draw parallel lines on the back of the photo.  On one photo the lines are horizontal and on the other the lines are vertical. This can be measured with a ruler (the example is one inch spacing) or the lines can jus be estimated.

Cut carefully on the lines and notice how the image already begins to change.  Play with the spacing and see how you can create optical illusions with space. 

Then begin sliding the rectangles together to create the woven image.  I started with one vertical rectangle (over, under, over, under) and continued until all the rectangles were interlocked and snug. 

This could be altered a million ways.  Students could combine a side profile photo with a frontal photo. Students could weave their face with an image from a magazine or another source. The width of the rectangles could be changed.  Explore and see what happens!

Also check out artist and photographer Greg Sand - he has several examples of woven photographs.


This past school year a group of students were provided the opportunity for an extended art exploration.  Dr. Puglisi brought a challenge to students to create an artwork that communicated who the student was, is, and will be. Students asked themselves... 

Who was I?
Who am I?
Who will I be? 

In addition, students were to consider how their artwork would impact and change their community.  Students wrote poems, watched videos, brainstormed and worked on several projects in preparation for creating a final "tondo".  

Each student was given a large wooden circle - a blank tondo. Though most students chose to work with paint, any medium was available to students.  Some incorporated mixed media.  

Students spent months working on their tondos.  The process was unique to each student.  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Ojo de Dios

Ojo de dios are a type of weaving on sticks made by the ancient people of Mexico.  These are some examples that students made this year.  Students were able to create a variety of patterns and did a great job keeping the yarn tight.

Students first made a small Ojo de dios using popsicle sticks, so that they could practice the technique of wrapping the yarn. Then students were given 12" dowels to make a larger "double" Ojo de dios (using four sticks instead of two).

This is a link to a playlist of Youtube videos that explain how to make these!


I also tried to make my own Ojo de dios tutorial videos to share with my students- though I'm not sure how helpful they actually are 😬


Notans on Newspaper

This 6th grade class made Notan designs using Newspaper and construction paper.  I loved the results and I'm thinking next time, students will be given several choices of material - newspaper, tissue paper, chip bags, etc. Then students can incorporate more individuality in their final piece. 

This student artwork below was particularly impressive!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Drawings with Woven Background

 For this drawing project, students had free choice of what they drew as their subject.  Most of the students chose to look up an image from a computer to draw.  

 Then each student folded a large tan piece of paper in half, vertically.  Starting from the fold, students cut lines (straight, curvy, zig-zag) until they were about one inch from the edge of the paper.  

Using scrap paper, students cut strips of paper to weave as their background to their drawing.  

I loved the diversity of colors and students' choices of subjects!

Clay Frame Weaving

This was my second time making clay frames for weaving with a class - and the results were beautiful! This is definitely an extended project since it involves clay. 

First, students roll out their "frame" and add designs or texture.  Students also use a straw to punch holes around their frame.  

After the frames were dry enough to fire in the kiln, students glazed their frames.  

Then the frames were ready for their warp strings and students could begin weaving!

The clay frame gives a nice completed look to the weavings. Some students kept with a color theme and others incorporated as many colors as possible :)

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Louise Nevelson was an American sculptor famous for her monochromatic assemblages of found objects.  Some of the pieces she collected from furniture factory discards or alleyways.  With one of my middle school classes, we looked at Nevelson's compositions, watched an interview of her, and students prepared their own assemblages.  

I asked students to collect 20 items. Kids always have "things"- little toys, broken bracelets- even kids that don't have a lot, have little things... that can be given a "new life" in an assemblage. 

During this week, students were also creating paper collages.  We made the distinction between "assemblage" (3-D) and "collage" (2-D).  As students remembered to bring in their 20 items, they got to glue them to a scrape piece of wood.  There were a couple students that kept forgetting to bring in items, so they used scraps of cardboard to create their assemblage. 

The class decided on gold as the assemblage color. However, the metallic spray paint needed a colored coat as primer so it would better cover the objects.  

Nevelson also created outdoor sculptures such as this piece...