Our Art Tots have been exploring the world of Fiber Art this month in after school Art Enrichment. We discussed the art of creating beautiful artwork with fabric but to do this we had to find out what fabric was and how we use it. Art Tots examined their clothes as well as items around the room to discover that fabric is around us everyday. So an item that has that much impact has to be able to be used in creating artwork!
We started this month’s process on Tie-dye. Art Tots learned that dying is a way of coloring fabric permanently. It can be done in many forms but tie-dye is one of our favorites. We used rubber bands, baby wipes and markers to create the beautiful designs below. “First you tie it, then you dye it!”
The following week our Art Tots decided to explore the weaving process. We had already discussed how fabric was made up of thin strings that have been woven together. Now it was time to learn what that really meant. Art Tots chose patterns and colors of fabric in a background and in the weaving strips. Then we used a rhythm “Down, Up, Down, Up, Down” to weave our fabric into the wonderful pieces below. Weaving takes a lot of comprehension, fine motor skills and sequencing to perform correctly. I am very proud of the Art Tots for doing such great work. 🙂
Next we have a cliffhanger of a project to share with you. This project comes in two steps so you will have to be watching closely for the outcome. Our Art Tots are creating their own t-shirts with a batik technique. The batik is a personal favorite of mine and the Art Tots are well on their way to creating beautiful work. The process starts with a resist technique that is traditionally created with melted wax on fabric. Our Art Tots, however, used tacky glue to complete this step. They were encouraged to create designs or stories in their glue drawings. Next week we will be painting the shirts with fabric dye to complete our artwork. Stay tuned for the results!!!
Art Enrichment classes still have availability on Tuesdays 11:30-12:15 or Wednesdays 2:30-3:30. Also if there is enough interest we may open a class on Friday 2:30-3:30. Check in with Miss Jaime (in the preschool room) or Miss Ivette (in the office) for more details.