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Why Not…Start a Simple, Ongoing Collaborative Project?

With packed schedules, the thought of embarking on a collaborative project can seem daunting. Plus, there is the question of ‘who gets to keep it’? You can take school-wide or class-wide projects in so many directions.

The simple idea of a collaborative nature weaving was something I stumbled upon at a local botanical center, but it could absolutely work in the art room, especially this spring when things start to grow again. You could have students donate fabric scraps to give this another look. This would be an excellent center in your art room, or perhaps something students could work on when they finish early.
nature weaving
Make your own loom, or invest in a “Friendly Loom” and watch students burst with pride as they work together to create a masterpiece!

 What sort of collaborative projects do you do with your students? 

How do you bring nature into the art room?


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Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is AOEU’s Founder and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.

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