Artists-in-Residence Site:  Orono Intermediate School
 685 N Old Crystal Bay Rd, Long Lake (Con. Dist. 3)

A student weaving using an adaptable SAORI loom.
Collaborating Teacher: Jo-Anne Kirkman
Teaching Artist: Chiaki O’Brien
Art Form: Visual Arts

Project Overview
During the five day residency, students learned how fabrics are made by hand using looms and accessories as well as the philosophy of Japanese SAORI weaving while working with Chiaki. Each student created their own weaving, making personal choices on color, texture, fiber and materials while using an adaptable SAORI loom. Students also worked collaboratively with peers, staff and the artist to create a woven banner. In addition, students had the opportunity to create a personal book. VSA Minnesota AIE Coordinator, Jenea Rewertz-Targui, spent one session guiding students to create a Japanese stab bound book that will include their weaving on the cover. The banner and books will be presented to the community during the school festival on May 4, 2012 and then permanently displayed at the school. Samples of student work can be found on:

Project Highlights
Jo-Anne observed a change in students with ADHD and other Learning Disabilities who were more focused during the activities. She said students built communication and cooperation skills while partnering with their peers. During “show and tell” students were able to reflect and communicate positively on their own work.

This program has been made possible in part by the Department of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Minnesota Department of Education and support funds from residency sites.

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