Christmas Around the World (Grades K – 4): Each student completes three art projects and learns about stories and traditions celebrated in other countries: the Story of Tinsel from the Ukraine, the Poinsettia from Mexico and the Pomander from England and the United States. Available from December 5th to 22nd. Curriculum Links: Art and Social Studies, fine and gross motor skills.
Lap Loom Weaving (Grades 1+): In ancient times, many households kept sheep, goats or camels and used their hair or wool to make clothing. Lap Looms are small portable weaving tools used to speed up the process of moving one thread up and down through another thread to create a piece of woven fabric. The process of weaving helps to promote basic math concepts, fine motor control, dexterity, concentration, self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Students will gain a basic understanding of how wool is carded, spun into threads and then woven on a small loom. Students will leave this workshop with a decorative fibre art wall hanging or coaster. A great gift idea for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Christmas! Curriculum Links: Art and Social Studies, fine and gross motor skills.
Tunisian Mosaics (Grades 3+): Tunisia is home to one of the largest collections of mosaic art in the world. The Roman Empire spread this ancient art throughout its African settlements in the early centuries of the common era. Between the second and sixth centuries, intricate patterns, ornamental designs and complex imagery turned practical floor coverings into works of art. Students will design their own Tunisian inspired mosaic by gluing tiny coloured glass tiles onto a 4″ x 4″ tile. Curriculum Links: Art, Science, and Social Studies, fine and gross motor skills *Complements St. Albert and Tunisia Program at the Museum.
Huichol Yarn Painting (Grades 3+): The Huichol (Whet-chol) people of northwest Mexico have an oral tradition and document their wisdom through their artwork made of wood, beeswax and yarn. Students will use bright, contrasting colours of yarn to express meaning through traditional symbols such as people, animals and nature. Symmetry, balance and geometric designs will be explored. Curriculum Links: Art and Social Studies, fine and gross motor skills.
Worry Dolls (Grades 3+): These small colorful dolls are traditionally made in South American cultures such as Peru and Guatemala. According to legend, if you tell your worries to a doll before going to bed at night and put it under your pillow, you will wake up the next morning and your worries will be gone. Students learn to make their very own worry doll with colorful wire and embroidery thread. They then decorate a small wooden box in which to keep their doll safe. Curriculum Links: Art and Social Studies, fine and gross motor skills.
Window Clings (Grades 4+): Create jewel-like designs that look like stained glass. Using their own drawings, students use synthetic leading to make an outline on a thick piece of plastic and coloured glass stains to fill in areas. After drying, the window clings can be peeled off the plastic and will adhere to glass surfaces. Curriculum Links: Art, fine and gross motor skills
Needle Felted Owl (Grades 5+): Felting is one of the oldest fiber arts crafts dating back to 6300 BC. It predates spinning, weaving and knitting. Needle felting is now a popular fiber arts craft allowing students to use a special barbed needle as a sculpting tool. Barbs catch the scales in a bundle of wool and bind them together forming a 3D sculpture of an owl. Curriculum Links: Art, fine and gross motor skills.