Fiber Art Grades 7-12

Students will create two or three-dimensional articles using a variety of fiber media.

Performing and Creating
1-61a. Develop artistic skills and expression by exploring a variety of techniques using fiber, textile, and fabric design.• Combine two or more fiber media to create a product.
1-61b. Explore the tools, materials, and techniques related to fiber arts.• Combine fiber arts with other artistic media.
1-61-57c. Demonstrate the ability to express ideas through fiber art projects.
1-63-5, 7,81-53-7d. Demonstrate the ability to discuss, review, and solve problems related to the creation of personal art work and the art work of others.• Create projects using any of the following: tie-dye, weaving, batik, basketry, natural fibers and dyes, silk painting and surface design, textile design, soft sculpture, crochet, knitting, costume design, sewing, and needle work.
1-7e. Recognize the possibilities of combining and integrating two or more fiber related media, as well as the possibility of combining fiber arts with other artistic media.
History and Culture
71-82-51-7a. Discuss and explore the variety of fabric surface designs used in various world cultures.• Discuss the reasons why certain styles have evolved throughout different regions of the world.
1-92-51-7b. Discuss and explore the variety of weavings used in various world cultures.• Explore natural dyes used by the Alaska Natives and other cultures.
71-91,21-7c. Identify the relationship between historical periods and cultures by viewing fiber artwork.• Identify and describe a variety of techniques and styles used by different fiber artists from a variety of cultures and historic periods.
41,3,4,7,81-51-8d. Understand the relationship of the history of basketry to the Alaska Native cultures.• Identify possible careers using fiber arts and discuss the ways history and culture have affected these opportunities.

*Prerequisite: Introduction to Art or instructor’s approval

Evaluation and Analysis
71-81,21-6a. Use and understand the different criteria for evaluating surface design, basketry, weaving, knitting, sculpture, etc.• Use written, oral, or performance methods to respond to fiber arts.
1,2b. Apply the principles and elements of art to evaluate a specific work of fiber art.• Use description, analysis, interpretation, and judgment to critique fiber arts.
1-81,21-4c. Recognize craftsmanship, function, originality, technique, and design of several different pieces of fiber art.• Critique personal work and the work of peers.
1-81-51-7d. Evaluate and critique historical and contemporary forms of art.
3-51-7e. Accept and offer constructive criticism.
71-81-51-7f. Demonstrate sensitivity to both traditional and self-expressive applications of art.
Aesthetic Perception
4,7,81-61-8a. Identify and discuss the characteristics of successful fiber art.• Discuss the impact of fiber arts and aesthetic experiences upon contemporary life and society.
71-83-51-8b. Recognize that personal opinions are a reflection of past experience, beliefs, and culture.• Discuss the impact of cultural beliefs upon fiber art work.
3-51-8c. Demonstrate the capacity to maintain a discussion and share opinions.• Demonstrate sensitivity to the diversified experiences and personal preferences that people embrace through the arts.
• Discuss issues related to aesthetics, artists, values in art, and other related topics.


  • Concept assimilation and demonstration
  • Creativity
  • Participation in class
  • Public exhibit of art
  • Rubric
  • Safety habits
  • Skill growth and manipulatives
  • Time on task
  • Working to assignment parameter

*Prerequisites: Introduction to Art or instructor’s approval

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