Weaving and Photography – Idea File

Students examine the work of Dobree Adams in weaving and photography. Through application of the elements of art and principles of design, students create original work inspired by photography.
Grades: 6-8

Weaving/Photography: Dobree Adams

Teaching Concepts:

  • Artists find inspiration for their work in a variety of sources, including nature.
  • Artists may work in a variety of media, and one may influence another.
  • The process of shearing sheep and spinning and dyeing wool is both functional and artistic.

Academic Content

  • Visual Art: elements of art (color), principles of design, artistic media and inspiration
  • Purposes of Art: functional art
  • Agriculture: sheep, making wool
  • Language Arts: writing video narration
  • Careers in agriculture and art

Lesson Idea
Open: Write the following words on the board:

three-dimensional art
two-dimensional art
fiber art
functional art

Ask students to write examples of the vocabulary terms that they see in the video. Introduce or review terms as needed for comprehension.

View: The video segment.

Discuss: What media does Dobree Adams work in? How does her art reflect her lifestyle? What connections did you observe between the photographs and the weaving?

Create: Show students a selection of nature photographs, or have them search for photographs in the Kentucky Virtual Art Museum or online or use photographs of their own. Using a variety of found and recycled media, such as fabric scraps, wire, and other items, have students create works of art inspired by the photographs.

Explore: Research wool processing. Determine the steps in wool production and write a step-by-step summary of the process as a class.

Expand: Pick a short (30- to 60-second) part of the video segment for students to write narration for, using the lesson vocabulary, the steps in producing wool, and other appropriate terminology. Play the segment numerous times without sound, allowing students to make notes.

Author: Mary Henson

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