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Crizmac makes a video on Ouxaca for about $85.00. In it they teach
teminology and weaving patterns and show how to construct a loom over a
drawing board (complete with reproducible handouts). I have done this
project with my ninth graders for four years with amazing success. It
takes about 3 to 4 weeks of class time, and I often start it before going
to a conference because once started the class runs on auto-pilot for about
ten days. Curiously, the guys often like it most. At the end of the year
one wrote that he was surprised that weaving was art and surprised that he
liked it so much.
The pure right-brain engagement of the process is very comforting. We art
teachers know the pleasure of getting lost in a project, but for some
students, this was their first time.
This same video has a a project on Ouxacan animal sculpture that is equally
successful. We build fantasy animals with wire armatures covered with
paper mache and paint them inthe bright Ouxacan style. It helps to get
kids out of the envelope.
The video is worth the money.
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