Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I feel really lucky to have this week off from school! I have so much to do for my classroom and to prepare for the holidays that I can really use the time. It gives me some time to create as well!
My first grade class will be studying South America for an upcoming theme. Inspired by Arthur Dorros' story Tonight is Carnival, I decided to make arpilleras with my students to kisk off the theme. Arpilleras are folk-art fabric wall hangings that include day to day scenes. Dorros' entire book is illustrated with them. I just love the 3D elements. Today's post is a sample that I made to show my kiddos...a more simplified version using pom poms, pipe cleaners, fabric, and glue. I also created 15 backgrounds and prepped lots of felt shapes to get them started. We are going to have so much fun!