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Mexican table runner I showed in class.
I was particularly attracted to the repeating geometric motifs and the use of symmetry that was commonly used in these textiles. I decided that the students would have a better time designing their runner if they first experimented with folding and cutting random geometric shapes to use as tracers. The idea of discovering something that looked really cool simply by cutting a paper helped the kids to become less stiff when it came to "thinking" of ideas to use. I asked them to trace samples of their paper shapes and to settle on their favorite two to use for final draft. We also experimented with removing negative shapes from the middle of positive shapes. It was fun to re-use the small shapes that were cut out from the larger shapes; combining these parts often resulted in an even better design!
Before we traced our favorite shapes in an alternating pattern on final draft paper, each student traced a small square template eight times to fill up the page. Then, we simply traced each design four times to fill up the page in a checkerboard pattern.
When everything was traced with pencil, we discussed how to select contrasting colors of crayons to really highlight every part of each design. We referred to the color wheel for help with selecting high and low contrast colors. I explained that we would be covering the entire picture with one color of diluted tempera paint.