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Fiber Cactus Sculpture

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will sew a soft sculpture of a cactus using felt. Students will practice threading a needle, knotting two strings together, and sewing using a whip stitch on this three-dimensional project.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will use a pattern for cutting felt (pinning the pattern, cutting the felt).

Students will use knotting and stitching to create the characteristics of a cactus.

Students will discuss the characteristics of a cactus.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Model how to pin and cut a pattern.
  • Demonstrate how to create ‘spikes’ on/in the felt using an overhand knot.
  • Demonstrate the proper and safe way of using fibers tools.
  • Facilitate a discussion about the characteristics of a cactus.

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National Standards


Create

Demonstrate safe and proper procedures for using materials, tools, and equipment while making art.

VA:Cr2.2.1a

Make art or design with various materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

VA:Cr1.2.2a

Make art or design with various art materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

2.VA:Cr1.2

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Green felt & pattern paper
  • Green yarn & green thread
  • Sharp metal sewing needles (size 14/16 chenille needles)
  • Craft sticks
  • Base containers
  • Marbles (clay, beans, rocks, sand)
  • Scissors

National Standards


Create

Demonstrate safe and proper procedures for using materials, tools, and equipment while making art.

VA:Cr2.2.1a

Make art or design with various materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

VA:Cr1.2.2a

Make art or design with various art materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

2.VA:Cr1.2

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Steps

Fill Container

Fill a container with marbles, beans, and clay to support a light-weight craft stick.

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