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Martina Nehrling

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For as long as I have been teaching art, I have been going to art shows, gallery openings, and museums as well as taking classes.  I think that if I want my students to be life long learners, I need to be one myself.

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I love to look at gallery sites and find things that might inspire me or my students to create something fun. That is how I found this artist.

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I came across an article about Martina Nehberg on the Markel Fine Arts blog.  Her art is colorful and fun and my students loved seeing her work and the pictures of her studio especially when it included her dogs.

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We used scraps from our box of colorful paper strips. It was a great lesson for my 1-2 combo class to practice cutting and gluing skills while creating amazing works of art.

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Quilling or Paper Filigree

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This lesson came about because of my desperate need to use up this giant box of donated strips.

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I’ve done several different lessons with several different grade levels over the last few weeks but the box is still half full.

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I showed my students how to wrap the paper into a little roll then let it go or not, then glue it and squash it into different shapes. They used a paintbrush handle to twist the paper onto.

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There are loads of videos and how to’s out there on the internet if you want to do something super fancy. For my 5th grade students, I just had them do flowers.

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We looked at historic and modern day examples. I did this with 5th grade because it was a handicraft from the Colonial period.

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The term quilling comes from how colonists would twist the paper around their quills to make this decorative art.

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Recycled Weaving

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Our black placemats we use get pretty messy after hundreds of uses. A few days ago, I noticed that the edges of most of them were folded and frayed and that many were bumpy from being wet from paint and glue. I swapped them out for new ones and wanted to use the spattered papers for something. I came up with this for my 1/2 combo class. A week or so ago, a gigantic box of skinny strips showed up in the art room. KISMET!! Students used the black mats at the substrate and the paper strips to weave.

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They took paper strips and glued them on one edge of the paper. To remind them to use a small amount of glue and to hold the paper a few seconds so it wouldn’t slide around, we chanted dot, dot, not a lot, lot , press and hold 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

It was a pretty fun way to get them to make sure the one side was stuck before we started weaving. While that dried a bit, they decorated their strips and then did their weaving.

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Well, they actually trimmed the edges. Then did their weaving.

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Pretty great way to use up a box of paper strips that showed up in the art room and the old placemats as well.

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