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Reinggold's "Tar Beach", I read to 3 year olds when I used to teach
pre-school. I envision third through fifth grades painting a story telling
scene on canvas and framing each one with sewn bits of colorful fabric. Does
anyone have any experience with teaching young ones sewing?
I'd like to encorporate this into a Matisse unit.
I did this project, with 4th and 5th graders. It lends itself very well to
MIXED MEDIA. Any paper and medium for the initial composition/drawing...and
then used tacky glue to affix the fabric swatches around the outside for the
frame. I found these "bags" of fabric pieces at a fabric outlet store, for
under one dollar, and inside each bag was tons of matches swatches of
paisleys, checks, florals, etc. but all with similar color schemes. You can
aid the designs by allowing certain tables to have just so many swatches that
are color-coordinated. I think that the tendency for many is to just go nuts
with the fabric pieces because "they don't match, anyway" and it gets too
messy. Less is more! Hope this helps.