Maggie: what a great site! I will use that with my college undergrads next year. In my school the technique of stick weaving is introduced to the first graders. The big ideas attached to the skill are week one: symbolism and week two: variation. I mention the symbolism I have read about in Mexico but invite students to create their _own_ symbolism for their weaving--both for color and for the four points. Many make them about their four best friends, or their family, or sports teams, etc. I find that after that students will mention color symbolism in other sorts of art work. The second week I explain the word variation and challenge them to make a stick weaving unlike anyone elses:more sticks, holes in sticks (use a two hole punch) longer sticks, etc etc. They come up with really interesting stuff that I never thought of. The symbolism is important, as we teach that art is about something other than just being pretty. Variation is important as we teach that each person's art should be unique to them
From: Maggie White <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group <email@example.com>
Sent: Mon, 06 Jun 2005 07:13:41 -0700
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Ojo de Dios
Here's an interesting Web site of a guy who creates them. He includes instructions for making them as well. He's gone beyond the basic four sticks/four sides, and makes 12-sided ones, up to 36" wide. They're really quite beautiful, and he seems to have invested some soul into them. http://ojos-de-dios.com/
In looking for accurate info on the origin of Ojos de Dios, it appears to have about as much significance these days as a Boy Scout "craft" (where you can find instructions for making one!). Some of the best info I found was on IAD.