How textiles relate to the curriculum
Textitles, including felt, can be used as an art project running concurrently with any subject.
Here are some ideas to inspire you . . .
The teaching of the elements of instructional texts, verse and narrative can all be successfully combined with felt making. Here an alternative pupils’ version of ‘The Reader of this Poem’ is combined with ICT to produce written panels on fabric. Any book can be a starting point as with this lovely Harry Potter panel done by Cold Norton Primary School. The crossword was done by a class from Bishop's Primary in Chelmsford after theirwork in class first.
The use of measuring and ratio for enlargement or shrinking designs in proportion are required and the correct amounts of fleece needed have to be calculated. Pattern drawing could require the calculation of area or circumference.
Felt making is a great way to learn about irreversible processes and changes. We all know what happens if you boil (or felt) a wool jumper! Combined with habitats (such as in this pond dipping panel), growth and development, metamorphosis (hence the eggs and ladybird larva), the planetary system and many other topics, it gives a great source of art work too!
These are wonderful subjects to illustrate using large felt panels in series. Felt making has been an occupation since prehistoric times worldwide and there are plenty of examples from the past or current, which could be adapted for school use: Tudor rose key-rings, Mongolian yurt reading tents, Turkish rug door-mats, beautiful Elizabethan - style wall panels, Inca ponchos, to name a few! I'm happy to discuss ideas.
Art & Design
The limit is your imagination! Felt can be made into everything including large 3D sculptures, theatrical clothing, small 3D figures in a landscape, story or fairy tale panels throughout the school, possibly with annual additions- whatever you like! And, of course, you can base your piece on the work of any artist such as this panel based on the Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.