still time to make your 2013 contribution to SDA's 2013 annual appeal.
We've received over $5,000 in donations so far; now we hope you'll help
double that amount before the year ends to fund grants and awards for
help you understand how important SDA's grants and awards are, here are
comments from three K-12 teachers who received full scholarships to
attend the 2011 SDA conference in Minneapolis. Two, Christine and
Jeanette, met for the first time there and found out they share a
similar vision; they are now partnering to make it a reality.
Fibers have been a passion my entire life. I'm
a high school art teacher at Williams High School in Plano, Texas, and
also working towards a graduate degree in art education at Texas Woman's
University. I've discovered there aren't many K-12 fiber art curriculum
resources available for teachers so they must go out scouting for them.
My graduate project will be to develop a K-12 fiber arts curriculum
website that will be a resource for teachers everywhere; it will be the
legacy project of my life.
As a teacher, I'm always trying to figure out ways to do things with a very small budget.
The desire to bring fiber materials into the classroom led me to teach
art quilting at the after school center. In my classroom I introduced
sewing and we used felts to make images and patterns and designs. This
past year we did a project based on artist Susan Shie. We did some
weaving and created looms with cardboard.
I'm working with Christine Miller to develop a K-12 fiber art
curriculum that will include video interviews of contemporary fiber arts
and related projects and materials to go with that. It will be a whole
package, so if a teacher has never done anything with fiber or fabric,
there will be materials to make it easier to implement the modules in
I returned from the SDA conference bursting with numerous plans for art activities for myself as well as my students. At
the time, I worked in a day treatment facility with troubled teens, and
I was able to team up with staff social workers to provide some
therapeutic fiber arts activities for that population. Creating a batik
banner for our school lobby and weaving a mural in the chain link fence
around our campus were two favorites.
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Or, mail your donation to Surface Design Association, PO Box 20430,
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