Consider - aspects of your daily life, beliefs, thoughts, ideas, & special events
Use these to create a design that tells your own story or history
Or use symbols from the Huichol people or just create an interesting design
HUICHOL YARN PAINTING ANALYSIS Turn in to Schoology for a grade
Collect photos of 5 Huichol Yarn Paintings online.
Place them on a pages document and circle your favorite
Answer the following questions about your favorite yarn painting, save as a PDF, and turn it into Schoology.
1. What is your Immediate reaction? List any words that come to mind.
2. Describe what you seen detail and listing everything visible in the work. Imagine you are describing it to someone on the phone.
3.Analysis the yarn painting. Try to figure out what the artist has done to achieve certain effects. You should refer to your first impressions and try to explain how the artwork achieves that reaction.
What do you notice about the artist's choice of materials?
What grabs your attention in the work?
What mood or feeling do you get when you look at this work of art?
Is this a quality piece of artwork (attention to detail, durable, functions as intended, neatness, well - constructed, etc.)? What evidence do you to suggest the level of quality found in the yarn painting?
4. Interpretation - Why do you think the artist use the colors and patterns they chose to put into their work? How is their cultural background evident in their artwork? Does it appear to have a meaning or story behind the images they used?
5. Judgement - Based on the information you have gathered above, do you believe this artwork was successful? Why or why not? Have your opinions changed since your first impression? If so, how? If you had the money, is this a piece you would buy? Why or why not? What have you learned about this artwork that you can apply to your own yarn painting? Researching VIDEO DEMONSTRATIONS Click on the buttons below to watch the videos Huichol Yarn Painting Tutorial (Please make sure you watch this video. It has a lot of important directions)
TEST PATTERN Use the image on the right to complete a small practice square on the cardboard provided. Make sure your test pattern has the following:
Outlines around the major shapes
Place your yarn down in the direction of the yarn was originally laid down (example - the shape on the right is a serious of concentric circles)
No cardboard showing/completely covered in yarn
You need to use the same number of colors but the colors don't need to be the same colors
Photograph your test pattern and turn it into Schoolgoy for a grade.
Use symmetry, approximate symmetry or asymmetry balance (see examples below)
Select a cardboard base shape - square, circular, rectangular, etc?
Don't copy an existing Huichol design
Choose religious symbols, subjects, and designs that reflect your life in Rowan County (ex: animals & plants native to this area).
Draw your design on a piece of Newsprint then transfer or draw directly on your cardboard. It will be covered in yarn so no eraser marks or mistakes will be visible once the yarn has been glued in place.
Pick 3 or 5 main objects and put them on your design first.
Fill in around your main subjects with geometric shapes and organic designs.
Shapes should be fairly simple since you will fill them with designs- avoid small detailed work
Symmetrical - The same on both sides when you divide it in half.
Approximate Symmetry - Image is similar, but not identical when divided half.
Asymmetrical - Elements are arranged in a way that feels balanced, but are not the same when the image is divided in half.
Final Design Transfer your final sketch to the cardboard or draw it directly on the cardboard. Photograph and send a copy of your drawing to Schoology for a grade. The design and color choices should be fairly complex.
Working on a small area at a time, apply Elmer's glue to your design. Add yarn to the glue areas and press down with your fingers or a toothpick. Yarn is often layer down in one continuous line.
Use a contrasting or complimentary color to outline your shapes before you fill them in. This will give your image a halation, or halo-like, effect and will make it stand out more for viewers. Each major image should be outlined and have a minimum of 3 other colors inside. Some Huichol yarn paintings have 50 different colors.
Fill in all available space with yarn. No cardboard should show when you are finished! The yarn doesn't always stay down when glued. Sometimes it is necessary to let what sticks dry and go back and fill in empty places later.
Refinement Fill in any empty spaces, clean up messy spots, and add anything that looks too simple or empty.
Reflection Photograph artwork, download and complete rubric, and turn both into Schoology to be graded.