Alpaca Farm - Visit the farm, help process the raw fiber from the shaved off blanket, sorting, cleaning and carding. Bring back to the classroom bags of fiber ready for our felting project
Paper-making - Visit and tour the Twinrocker paper-making operation in Brookston, IN
Weaving workshop - Meet with a weaving/basket artist at a museum or park, see the artist art pieces, brainstorm with them, help each student start on a sculptural weaving.
Yarn Spinning visiting artist (in-house field trip)- students learn about types of wool and spinning tools, and then spin their own wool using a drop spindle.
Click here to see a photo gallery of our 2012 trip to the Alpaca Farm.
Projects and Techniques Covered
Batik: History, Traditional & Modern technique
Crochet & Knitting: History, Choice of Project differentiated by level of experience, knitting loom for the lower levels.
Weaving: History of textiles and baskets, Projects include: tar-paper basket, wrapping paper basket, willow stick weaving, twill woven place-mat, Cherokee Double Wall Basket
Coiling: Animal Sculpture
Felting: Wet and Needle Felting projects
Paper-making: History, Field trip to paper making shop, make paper for Bookmaking
Bookmaking: Multiple types of small wallet sized books
Wire Wrapping & Chainmail
Clothing/ Screen-printing: History, Project with multiple layers of color, Logo design
Latch-hook: Famous Artist or Artwork Interpretation, self- designed