SchoolArts Magazine

AUG-SEP 2008

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Connections and Assessment The multiple tasks required to accomplish this unit builds abilities including study skills, observational drawing, color theory, and perseverance. Learning is assessed with a teacher-created rubric, classroom critique, and district exhibition. Other disciplines incorporated throughout the lesson range from mathematics to natural science and archeology. Helpful Hints Troubleshooting in advance will avoid potential weaving difficulties. We discovered that 100% wool or acrylic yarn of average weight wove particularly well. Avoiding excessively bright, commercially dyed colors best maintained a Coptic brownish-red, yellow, and green appearance. Hand-woundbutterflyshuttlesof yarn were preferred to wooden shed sticks for dexterity. It was especially helpful to have wide-tooth plastic hair combs or forks on hand to use as beaters to help slide the weft down on the warp with ease. Parallel selvages were maintained with the frequent Left: Francesca Oreckinto, grade ten, color pencil on tracing paper overlay sketch (atop pencil on paper self-portrait drawing). Above: tapestry weaving. use of rulers and (if necessary) left and right side ties to anchor the edges of the warp to the wooden bars of the loom. The most exciting reflections relating to this artistic experience included seeing the woven inclusion of an earring on a young male student's tapestry; enjoying realizing how much the female Coptic portraits resembled the Power Puff Girls cartoon; and how the challenges of creating ancient-looking art engendered several discussions about the documented crimes of art forgers. Amy Sue McPartlan is an art teacher at Wantagh High School in Wantagh, New York. mcpartlana@wantaghschools.org NatioNal StaNdard Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual art problems. Web liNkS research.calacademy.org/research/ anthropology/coptic/index.html www.metmuseum.org/works_of_ art/collection_database/index. aspx?dep =20&vw= 0 Below: Emily Briggs, grade twelve, color pencil on tracing paper overlay sketch (atop a no. 2 graphite pencil on paper self-portrait drawing). Right: tapestry weaving. SchoolArts August/September 2008 43

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