One type of art skill that I haven’t been the best at consistently teaching in my classroom is sewing. I was reminded of how you can sew on burlap after seeing some painted and stitched leaves at my daughter’s school. My third/fourth grade classes were often asking me if they could sew and I already had a lot of yarn and a roll of burlap at school.
I wanted to share this idea with you quickly without a whole lot of commentary. Basically, the burlap rectangles were cut from the roll. The students chose their subject matter (many chose holiday or winter themes). They painted their designs on the burlap using tempera paints. We used Sax VersaTemp. After the painted designs were dry, we used those blue plastic sewing needles with yarn to stitch borders and embellishments. Some of the students were more skilled than others, so the students that found it easier did more sewing.