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Family Art Encounters, March 2020

March ART ENCOUNTERS AT-HOME!

AE @home March

Our March Art Encounters studio activity can be done at home! Based on the museum’s rich collection of Navajo weavings, this activity engages a process of creating you might not have tried before: weaving. A practice shared by many cultures, this month’s project engages the basics of the process on a small scale with cardboard looms you can make yourself or order online.
 

Here are a few video links to get you started.
 

The basics of small cardboard loom weaving:

https://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/metkids/metkids-create/weave-on-a-mini-loom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbtKnvc_9No

How to make your own cardboard loom (you can adapt the size):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw_tZLCLeEY
 

These are the cardboard looms we use at the museum:

https://www.dickblick.com/products/wide-notch-cardboard-looms/

We also found nice warping yarn on the Blick site and found short plastic blunt needles on Amazon. Some people also adapt a paper clip as a “needle.”
 

For a weaving project with younger children you can use strips of ribbon or paper (these strips were made from sheets of foam paper):
 

AE @home March

Have fun and email us pictures of your creations so we can post them on our website! delgado@ohio.edu
 

Also, contact us if you have questions or would like to share additional resources related to this project: delgado@ohio.edu