Created by Bellefontaine Intermediate School, Ms. Magnuson’s Art classes, Bellefontaine, Ohio
Title: Dream Weavings
Participants; Art Teacher: Nancy Magnuson
• 5th Graders in Mrs. Dearwester, Mrs. Fowler, Mr. LeCrone, Mrs. Reed, Ms. Reser, Ms. Linville, Mr. Hayduk, & Mrs. Regula’s classes.
• 4th Graders in Mrs. Brunswick, Mrs. Garvers, Mr Kesler and Mrs. Core’s classes.
• 3rd Graders in Mrs. Atwood, Mrs. Purton, Mrs. Beaverson, Mrs. Storm, Mrs. Turner’s classes
Materials: Recycled CDs, multicolored yarn, homemade needles (cut from 1 qt. plastic lids with hole punched) and permanent markers. Weaving: warp and weft, tabby stitch (under one, over one).
About: Our school is a Steven Covey, Leader in Me school. One of the 7 principles they practice is “Begin with the End in Mind”. I asked my students to reflect on what would make this a better world and asked them to write a sentence to express their idea. They each created a beautiful small round weaving on a recycled CD and wrote that dream/goal on the outer edge. Many dreamed of ending bullying, world hunger, animal abuse and cures for cancer. I was touched by a couple who wanted teen suicide to end. One little boy just wished that everyone would have a loving mother! I told the children they were sending their dreams out for the world to see and planting that seed as a start of making that dream come true.
Did you enjoy working on this project? Our students loved the idea of being involved in a worldwide art project! They enjoyed the weaving and relaxing time chatting and working with a large variety of textures and colors of yarn. The weavings were small enough for everyone to have success and challenging enough to keep the interest of both boys and girls, from all ability levels.