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The past two summers I have been privileged to teach a fibers summer camp at the Dallas Museum of Art to students 6 to 9 years old.
Fibers is a hard concept to teach to children, but luckily I was able to show them artifacts and real textiles from the museum’s collection. Their ability to decipher the differences between techniques, dyeing methods, and patterns in each textile was incredible. Apart from snack time and get to know you activities we spent a ton of time exploring the galleries, making art and learning about a variety of fibers practices both traditional and nontraditional.
We explored the Indonesian Batik process (minus the hot wax) with glue and watered down acrylic paint to mimic the batiks from the past.
We explored the different woven tunics on display at the museum before we started our very own weavings.
We also talked about the many different indigo dyeing techniques used in Africa while exploring how rubberbands could act as a resist from the indigo dye. The week was filled with knowledge, exploration and fun which culminated in art show for the parents. The students were given the opportunity to tell their parents and families everything that they learned about fibers!
Amanda Batson – White Rock Elementary Art Educator
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