This term during First Nations studies we have been learning all about First Nations art.
We began by looking at examples of the different shapes found in First Nations art and then we practiced drawing them ourselves. We found out that it is a lot harder to draw the basic shapes than it looks! We drew ovoids, U-forms, split U-forms, and eyes. In our first art project we used the elements found in First Nations art to make abstract designs.
After lots of practice we were ready to start work on our own button blankets. Mr. Child (the District Principle of First Nations Education) told us that we could choose any design that really spoke to us or had special significance to us. We put a lot of thought into choosing the animals that would appear on our blankets.
Once we picked our animal, we drew our design on paper and then used the paper pieces as templates for cutting out the felt. We chose our colours and started sewing. Thankfully, several parents came along to help us with threading needles and finishing off buttons.
Our Button Blankets on PhotoPeach
We hope you like them!