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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Beginner Crochet Class

Join us this month for the first ever beginner crochet club!
This month we will be learning how to make a beautiful scarf perfect for the incoming cool weather.
I am so excited for this class!  It will be my first ever crochet class for school aged children, but after tackling the beginner crochet class I held over the summer, I am cool and collected.  No needles in this one, just hooks.  I think what I am looking forward to most is seeing the kids reactions when they finish their scarf and wear it for the first time.  There is something awesome about wearing something you made yourself and I hope to share that sense of accomplishment and inspiration that comes with making homemade in my beginner crocheters!  Beginner Crocheters....has quite a ring doesn't it? 
Brittany Thrun is the owner, artist and instructor behind A Fine Tangle.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

St. Leo's: Mexico

The third and fourth graders are in Mexico this month! We took our imaginary plane and learned about some of the beautiful artwork made in this country.

4th grade learned about the beautiful weavings from the Mexico and Guatemalan border.  Did you know that you can tell where someone is from by looking at their traditional huiples (blouses)....they weave with colors and symbols that represent them.  Each students brainstormed what colors represent them and will be weaving three of them into their very own weaving!

3rd grade learned about the Huichol Indians and their beautiful yarn paintings.  These paintings tell stories of their culture, ancestors and gods through symbols and colors.  We are going to tell our own stories.  We just finished brainstorming symbols that represent ourselves and combined two of them into a wonderful design.  Next class we will be "painting" with yarn to bring them to life!

On critique day I promised I would wear my Mexican dress I have up in my room.  Isn't the embroidery beautiful!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

St. Leo's: Lines and Colors

School is certainly in full swing and so are a variety of projects and artwork! I just wanted to share some past projects I just can't wait to hang up and add some color in the school.

This being my first year at lovely St. Leo's, so I've been trying to find out what the kids remember and know from year to year.  I also wanted to get them accustomed to how I run my classroom and the art material procedures.  Pre-2 reviewed or learned their different types of lines by creating a colorful oil pastel and watercolor resist! 1st and 2nd also learned a line song to help them remember horizontal and vertical lines.

Below is some form the 2nd grade class:

Pre-K and Kindergarten also reviewed colors and are practicing mixing our primary colors to make secondary colors.  As well as painting in the lines and following directions.  Next step Kindergarten is going to tackle scissors using their circles that are below:

Brittany Thrun is the owner, artist and instructor behind A Fine Tangle.
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