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Maori Sacred Arts and Crafts

Maori Sacred Arts and Crafts | By Rod Dagan

The Maori are the indigenous peoples of New Zealand. Like all cultures, the Maori expressed themselves in artistic ways. The Maori, however, have no word for “art.” The traditional expert, or tohunga, in carving or weaving does not create a piece of art. They are merely the vessel used by the gods to express them in material form. This meant that all carvings, weavings and other artistic endeavors were charged with spiritual power, or mana. The act of creating a carving or other item was sacred, and a gift of Tangaroa, the sea god.

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Carving was and still is a big part of Maori culture. Wood was used to carve flutes, elaborate posts, and war canoes with elaborate carvings, treasure boxes and wall panels. Whale bone and cow bone is used to make flutes and symbolic jewelry. Shells are also carved for personal adornment. The symbols portrayed are deep in religious and cultural meaning. The Koru, or spiral, is the symbol of life and rebirth. Tikis are often carved in personal pieces, on posts and wall panels to represent fertility or protection. They may be worn or displayed on special occasions.

Carvings of sea creatures and the tails of whales, a very special animal to the Maori, are also common. Another common carving subject is Manaia, a figure with a bird’s head. Another is Marakihau, a sea monster who took human form. Elaborate bone fishhook ornaments were carved to symbolize prosperity, abundance and fertility. Today, new carvers still learn the skills passed down from generation to generation.

Weaving was a needed craft. From the sturdy New Zealand flax plant, the Maori learned to weave cloaks, skirts, baskets, floor mats, and sails. These weavings were dyed and decorated. Some were used in everyday tasks and some were reserved for sacred use. The weaving of fine cloaks was the pinnacle of women’s arts. They often combined the flax with dog fur and feathers. Before the moa was extinct, moa feathers were often used for decoration. Today’s students still study the weaving traditions. After attending the weaving school, they do not get diplomas. Their diploma is the work that they produce.

The Maori also have a lively history of music and dance. Visitors to Rotorua can attend midday concerts that introduce them to the culture. Traditional dances such as the Poi dance, the haka, or war dance and the complex Tititorea (stick games) are performed. The Maori have some unique musical instruments, including the putangitangi, or whistling bowl. This is a small, enclosed clay bowl with a small hole at the top. Whistling close to the top hole produces a mournful echo. The puritorito or spinning wheel is a wooden disk with string threaded through the center. The disk is spun in the center, and then the strings are pulled tight to create a sound like wind blowing through the reeds. The sound waves from this instrument were often used to loosen phlegm in babies. The koauau or short flute is a hollow flute carved from a flax stem. The end was covered by a finger, and then the musician would whistle into the opening, creating a variety of tones. - Centerfolds without the Staples  

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Halloween Project – Paper-Mache Jack O’ Lantern

Halloween Project – Arts and Crafts for Kids Halloween Project – Paper-Mache Jack O’ Lantern | By Lyn Bell

Making a Jack O’ Lantern from a large orange pumpkin is the usual Halloween craft project but perhaps you live in a country that doesn’t have pumpkins on 31 October. Here’s your solution and although it is an ideal Halloween project and great idea as an arts and crafts for kids to join in, it is best to have an adult to help and to supervise.

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What you will need is a large round balloon, newspaper and paper-mache (paper-mache) paste made by mixing one part flour and five parts water and boiling the mixture for about three minutes with a little salt to avoid mould. You will also need paint in orange and green colors and a little brown for accent. For the pumpkin stem cut about an inch from the end of a toilet roll core.

Blow up the balloon and tie with a long piece of string. Cut the newspaper into two inch strips and dip into the paste. Cover the balloon with the strips of paper, building a good few layers to help keep the ‘pumpkin’ strong. Bumps and lumps will make it more authentic. Remember to make a flat part for the lantern to be able to stand. Hang your craft to dry remembering to place something under it to catch any drips of paste. Once dried gently pierce the lantern with a needle to deflate the balloon. The toilet roll core can be attached to the lantern with paste and more paper to make a stem.

With a sharp knife cut the eyes and mouth in your lantern. The kids will have fun painting it to look like a big orange pumpkin Jack O’ Lantern. Paint the stem in green. Your paper-mache Jack O’ Lantern is ready for its light. As it is paper you should not use candles but a small torch will do nicely.

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Have fun with this arts and crafts for kids Halloween project and happy ‘booing’.

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Martha Stewart Arts and Crafts – Homemaking Guru

Martha Stewart Arts and Crafts – Homemaking Guru | By Wendy Pan

Martha Stewart is the homemaking guru. She makes June Cleaver look like a diva that eats Bon Bons in the bubble bath all day. While executing all of her projects might be too much for any one person to take on, us mere mortals can execute most of them if, perhaps, we do one at a time.

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Martha Stewart Arts and Crafts: The Holidays

Turns out pumpkins can be used for more than just pies and jack-o-lanterns! One of Martha’s crafts with pumpkins is to download and print out her witch and bat template. She has them available on her website. Place them over a “hole” cut into the face of the pumpkin (after cleaning the pumpkin of its insides) and you’ve got an enticing and eerily delicious centerpiece. Scatter some autumn leaves (store bought or yard picked) to complete the holiday setting.

Another pumpkin craft involves a pumpkin and lollipops. Buy the orange and black lollipops and stick them in the pumpkin, all over it. The final project will look like something from a science fiction movie and the kids will love it. Offer each trick or treater one and have them pull one out for themselves!

Martha Stewart Arts and Crafts: Weddings

Want a special way to say “thank you” to your guests? Make your own Thank You cards with a little help from Martha Stewart. One idea is to create postcards with a picture of the happy couple, and each is wearing a shirt especially made for the occasion, perhaps, “Thank you!” on one, or “We use it all the time!” on another. Be creative!

Or, instead of going the modern, trendy route, you can opt for something more traditional. Find a clip art sketch of any Victorian-era birds and copy them on to some card stock paper. By placing tiny “thank you” envelopes you create separately and placing them “beneath” their beaks, you now have beautiful, classic and three-dimensional thank you notes.

A wedding favor idea is get votive candles in three different off-white colors. Wrap them in corrugated paper, and tie with twine. Write messages on the inside of the paper from the bride and groom such as, “Thank you for sharing our day!”

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Make Dad a coupon booklet for his birthday, holiday gift giving season or Father’s Day! Go to the Martha Stewart website for coupon template, print them all out then hole punch each in the top left hand corner. Secure with a paper fastener and you’ve got them all in a neat little bunch. Cut out a cover from a swath of fabric (any semi masculine material will do like plaids, stripes, solids), then attach to the blank top coupon by sewing it. Fill out the coupons for things such as Free Car Wash; Free Dog Wash; Free Leaf Raking, anything Dad will appreciate!

Elephant Feet is a craft kids will love because it makes them taller and it has the potential to make a lot of noise. Grab a couple 15 oz cans of tomato puree, poke holes in the sides, drain, rinse and clean. Paint elephant toenails with acrylics on the front, loop stretch cord – you’ll need about 5 feet worth for each leg – through the holes so the child can “walk” with the Elephant feet. More fun than actually stomping around in the jungle!

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Halloween Arts & Crafts Decorations

Halloween Arts & Crafts Decorations – Get Creative With Art & Craft Ideas | By Abhishek Agarwal

Halloween is a time when one can experiment with creative craft ideas to make wonderful decorations for the house. It is an opportunity to dabble in the wonderful world of art and craft. Making the Halloween decorations is not only a fun activity; it gives your house a festive look. One need not be an expert in art to make these decorations. All you need is loads of imagination, creativity and a few items available around the house and you are ready to get going. Some simple ideas are given below to get you started.

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One of the easiest Halloween decorations to make is creepy candles. You will need candles, sequins, beads, colored threads and any other trinkets that take your fancy. The candles should be of dark colors, you could go for the Halloween colors of black and orange. With the help of simple white glue, stick these trinkets around the candles in any manner you like. You may have to use tweezers to stick the small items onto the candle. Table sprinkles in the form of ghosts, pumpkins, witches or bats can be used to give that creepy look. Place these decorated candles around the house and watch them light up the evening!

Another art and craft Halloween decoration is the creepy balloon ghost, which is very easy to make. All you need is white balloons and plastic grocery bags. The bags should be plain with no writing on them. Here is how to create a spooky ghost: Cut off the handles of the grocery bag. Leaving the bottom of the bag intact, with the help of scissors, cut the bag into dangling strips up to about an inch from the bottom seam. In the same manner cut up another grocery bag. Fill up the balloon with air and knot it up. Tape the seam of one bag to the front and the other to the back, leaving the knot on top. Paint a scary face of the ghost on the balloon and tie a string to the knot. Hang up these creepy balloons to trees in the yard. You may also put a few bells to the end of the strips, so that they make a sound with the movement of the wind. Enjoy the haunting chimes of the ghosts moving around in your yard!

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Halloween decorations can be a good way to bond with family and friends. It can be a fun activity done together, enjoying each other’s company and getting to know the creativity of your children, while experimenting with these decorations. Although Halloween art and craft decorations may be difficult to make, the possibilities are endless, limited only by your imagination and creativity.

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Arts and Crafts Ideas – Picking the Right One For Your Craft Projects

Arts and Crafts Ideas – Picking the Right One For Your Craft Projects | By Carlos Penn

In my opinion arts and crafts should be fun, and I encourage every individual to express their artistic ability. One of the most difficult parts of all arts and crafts would be to figure out what to do on arts and crafts projects. What I will do in this article is go over some of the dilemmas before you get to them. This should help you pick your crafts project faster, making everything more efficient and more fun.

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The first dilemma I will address will be that of the age range. You’ll find in a particular arts and crafts setting that different projects go better with different age groups. It would be very inefficient to give a complex arts and crafts project like quilting to a toddler. It could also be very frustrating for a normal teenager to do a arts and crafts project containing only construction paper and glue.

Group size is also another factor that affects your project. In a large group setting it may be better to do a project where there is a team effort put into the arts and crafts. In a small group setting it may be better to tackle the situation on a solo tip, but please remember with most arts and crafts projects “the more the merrier”.

Some arts and crafts projects can be very time-consuming, while others take very little time. One of the main things to decide is how much time you will be spending on your project. Will the project be split into several days? Will it only lasts a couple hours? Or, can it be an ongoing arts and crafts project for the whole semester? To figure out what time frame works best for you make sure you do some research on how long it would take to complete that particular arts and crafts project.

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I really hated to say that nasty word. But, I had to bring it up because it does reign as one of the top dilemmas for arts and crafts projects. Even though arts and crafts is about having fun in showing your artistic ability. Some projects do require more money than others. You can find arts and crafts that are done from actual garbage for free. You can also find arts and crafts that are made from more expensive materials like special golden paper origami.

So no matter what your next arts and crafts project may be, no matter what you decide to do, make sure that you have fun and spend the majority of your time showing your artistic ability and creativity. Hands down that is what makes for great arts and crafts projects.

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The Influence of Women in Arts and Crafts Around the World

The Influence of Women in Arts and Crafts Around the World | By Rod Dagan

The power of creativity is only possible through arts and crafts, as well as popular traditions. While men might have started the Arts and Crafts Movement, women are the backbone of the entire process.

Through the use of popular crafts and art forms, we have been able to have a look into the past and how various cultures were able to represent their own traditions. Arts and crafts are present everywhere, from the Americas, to the Pacific.

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Each nation has its own form of crafts or art. India is well known for their wide range of cultural displays. European art started to show the impact of the growing culture in the nineteenth century, and it also showed a decrease in the romanticism aspects.

Machines were invented instead of hands having to make various art forms. In our world today, no matter where you live, it is hard to imagine living without machines, without metal, or technology.

Even though technology has highly evolved from recent years, the term, craft, is still referred to as activities that involve some sort of skill, or a dedication to a specific object and tradition.

Even though each culture in the world has a different idea of tradition, they still remain true to the idea of craft.

Women’s rights around the world are also an important factor of their craft skill. When women live in countries with very little input about the workplace and they are to stay in the home, they often have a more traditional skill for crafts or art.

They only know the skill that their own mothers or grandmothers taught them for married life. The only problem is that when these women are silent wives, with the bread winning husband, they are not recognized for their wonderful talents, and instead it is thought of as their household duty.

In countries where women are thought to be equal, their craft skill is more appreciated and they are able to show their talents in the work force. The sad truth is that the issue of women only being in the home affects more countries than few.

For example, in most of south East Asia, the primary role of the woman is to mend the flock and take care of the home.

Most of their daily activities involve the crafts that so many of the women before them knew, but their activities are not granted with pay or recognition due to the fact that the man believes that it is her duty to him.

In India, the role for the woman is slightly more advanced. The area is less traditional in the means that the woman should stay home and tend to the house. - Centerfolds without the Staples  

However, the woman is usually thought to still take part in traditional crafts, such as making saris or clothing wraps. America is very much the same.

While women do not have to wear special wraps to show their place in society or make traditional garments, they still practice basic crafts each day in the home. America is thought to be the best place for equality for women, but many people still assume that a woman’s place is in the home.

Many women are embracing this idea and staying home, while others choose to show their skills in the work place.

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Top Ten Reasons Arts and Crafts Helps Boost a Child’s Self Esteem

Top Ten Reasons Arts and Crafts Helps Boost a Child’s Self Esteem | By Elena Neitlich

A child’s self esteem is built throughout the course of childhood. Although ultimately the child develops her own perceptions of self and builds her own self esteem, reinforcement from the outside world is crucial in fortifying the child’s self assessment. Appropriate responses to the child support the child’s opinion of herself, “I think that I did a nice job completing this arts and crafts project.” “Yes, you did a terrific job completing your arts and crafts project. I can tell by the quality of the finished piece that you really put your all into it!”

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Praise just for the sake of praise isn’t effective in building a child’s self esteem. Kids are very insightful, especially teens, and even the most enthusiastic praise will ring hollow if it is not attached to something meaningful. “Wow, you are amazing!” “Why, what did I do?”

Creative activities such as arts and crafts provide an outstanding opportunity for adults to help bolster a child’s self esteem. As the child works the observant adult has almost unlimited opportunities to point out what the child is doing well.

Top ten reasons arts and crafts helps boost a child’s self esteem.

1. Arts and crafts invites the child to experiment with supplies, techniques, and directions that are often foreign and intimidating. Tackling and becoming adept at creative new tasks brings satisfaction and gratification to children of all ages.

2. Arts and crafts encourages children to push themselves to plan and finish an entire project. Children feel a great sense of accomplishment when they are responsible for completing an entire task from A to Z.

3. Arts and crafts classes produce a fertile environment for meeting and interacting with new people. It can be difficult for some children to venture beyond their comfort zones and intermingle with children they don’t know. It is very flattering and a boost to self esteem for children to hit it off and work with new friends.

4. Arts and crafts classes force children to take risk and put themselves and their work “out there”. It is a gamble to create something and show people because there is the possibility of receiving criticism. Children, especially teens are averse to this type of hazard. A supportive arts and crafts trainer creates an environment where children feel comfortable exposing their work. Children who learn how to tackle risk are better suited and more comfortable tackling appropriate risk as adults.

5. Arts and crafts teach open mindedness. Creative questions do not have finite answers like math or physics problems. When doing arts and crafts children learn how to explore the many different possible solutions to the problems that they face. Being imaginative and open minded allows for them to invent solutions that are exciting and inspired. Children gain the confidence to tackle many problems in creative and ingenious ways.

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6. Arts and crafts aid in dispelling a child’s “limiting beliefs”. It is very common for children to create ideas about their own abilities that restrict their activities. Thoughts like, “I am not smart enough to do this,” are destructive and chip away at their self esteem. Craft projects teach children how to change damaging preconceived notions. Children learn how much they truly are capable of and build on each experience gaining confidence with each project.

7. Arts and crafts projects illustrate to children that they can achieve success. It is good for children to discover that they can be victorious. Success feels great and inspires children to reach for more and attempt harder and harder tasks.

8. Arts and crafts allows an opportunity for children to let loose and have fun. In a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere children can explore their carefree and imaginative side. Seeing that they are multidimensional beings contributes to their overall sense of well being and a healthy sense of self. - Centerfolds without the Staples  

9. Arts and crafts classes permit children to see themselves in a fresh, new light. It is important that kids have the opportunity to survey many different pursuits. Allowing kids to choose the activities that excite and delight them gives them the confidence to later pursue their own interests and eventually choose meaningful careers and pastimes.

10. Arts and crafts promote a passion for learning! Kids who have expanded their confidence through creativity and developing a healthy self esteem are curious about learning new things. The self assurance that they build doing arts and crafts overflows into all of their endeavors making for a rich and highly satisfying childhood.

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Arts and Crafts Style Decorating

Arts and Crafts Style Decorating | By Melissa Galt

The terms Arts and Crafts and Mission Style are often used synonymously today. They refer to a style of home design and furnishings emphasizing natural materials, especially wood, and showcasing a pronounced geometry in the design. Their tremendous revival in popularity stems largely from their association with hand-crafted elements (though many knock offs are manufactured by machine), a rarity in this technologically advanced age. The pieces offer an heirloom quality and a patina that deepens with age. Arts and Crafts furnishings and interiors are also typically very durable and classic with a timeless appeal. They suit today’s desire to simplify and get back to basics. Arts and Crafts interiors are an ideal marriage of function and aesthetic, spaces are designed to work for those living there. To create your own Arts and Crafts interior, there are several elements to consider, both in materials and design.

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The materials of an Arts and Crafts interior, while not limited to nature, emphasize wood, stone, glass (made from sand), ceramic tiles (made from minerals/earth), and textiles (using wool, cotton, or linen fibers, and, of course, leather) Much of the visual pattern comes from the grain of the wood selected. Traditionally oak was used, but currently natural cherry is frequently enjoyed. The oak tends to have golden brown gleam, while the cherry is redder. Both darken naturally with age, this is to be expected.

Flooring, all architectural trim/molding, doors, stair rails and stiles, and exposed structural supports are all typically wood, oak most prevalent. Waxed or oil finishes prevail. Joints are pegged or hand-crafted metal hardware is used. Door knobs, cabinet pulls and the like are again hand-crafted wrought iron or bronze in black, umber, or verdigris. Many are square or rectangular shaped and are hand hammered. For a lighter look, some homeowners today are opting for a soft brushed pewter or nickel finish. Once you have the guidelines, you can bend them to suit. If an alternative to a wood floor is desired, tile or slate would be appropriate substitutes. The tile should be large and laid in a linear pattern, not on the diagonal.

To balance and complement the visual depth of the wood, walls are often treated with a textured paint, or plastered (the old bungalows have original plaster.) A good bet is the river rock finish that Ralph Lauren paint provides. Paint schemes bear an influence from nature with goldenrod yellows, burnt sienna browns, cimarron and Indian reds, sage and moss greens, and a neutral palette of earthy tans, toasts, and beiges. The overall feeling has a harmony, a continuity of all elements working together, none upstaging the other. It is about creating an organic home, one that works within its environment and makes the most of its surroundings both outside and inside.

Fireplaces have wood or stone mantels, with stone, ceramic, or occasionally brick surrounds. The wood is oak with a golden stain, usually waxed or rubbed, not polyurethane. Satin or matte finishes rule. Stone is field stone, stacked dry or with mortar, it presents a terrific textural visual. River rock may be used instead and the round smooth stones provide a counterpoint to the rectilinear geometry otherwise present. Ceramic tiles will typically have a motif from nature, perhaps a leaf or acorn, or have an iridescent finish. Today glass tiles are also used to great advantage. Brick, when employed, is smooth faced and laid in clean horizontal bands. Again, one of the clear features of an Arts and Crafts interior is the linear quality. The feeling that the house is part of a bigger view, part of the horizon, is all an effort to be from and of the earth.

Historically, many of the Arts and Crafts and Mission homes sported art glass windows, or at least many panes. This enabled windows to be left uncovered and still appear decorative. Today, art glass windows can be cost prohibitive except in select areas, so if treatment is desired for either privacy, light, or heat control, simpler is better. This translates to options such as a plain Roman shade, silhouettes, wood blinds, or panels on either tabs or rings, on a decorative rod (wood or wrought iron), with finials. If tiebacks are desired consider sisal tassels, simple and bold, or a band of the same fabric as the drapery. No trim or other decorative element is required. Fabric patterns may herald nature, such as a leaf print, or be based in geometry. There is a wide range on the market today including historical prints by William Morris and designs by Frank Lloyd Wright. The same may also be found in wall coverings, though use them sparingly, as they are often busy and distracting. Arts and Crafts and Mission styles today both represent a desire for a wholesome, hearty lifestyle, a return to yesterday’s values.

Furnishings in the Arts and Crafts home are wood, occasionally with a wrought iron or ceramic tile accent. Glass is rarely used. Tables being functional as well as good looking, often have at least a drawer and a shelf for storage. Shapes are squares, rectangles and octagons, though today more rounds are available. Again the geometry created by edges is most apparent. Sofas and chairs are often wood backed with exposed wood arms and cushions that can be readily cleaned or changed out depending on the season. Flexibility and adaptability are prime features. Mission style goes a step further and often offers sofas or chairs with a deep wood shelf surround, acting as the arm and a table (Frank Lloyd Wright design), which gives the illusion of a built-in piece. Leather is frequently used or fabrics in natural fibers such as cotton, linen, or wool. Rich colors and geometric or patterns drawn from nature abound. The most significant interest comes from the combination of elements, again, no one piece dominating. Busy patterns are used sparingly, increasing longevity and flexibility of the furnishings. - Centerfolds without the Staples  

Resources for furnishings include Stickley, American Impressions by Ethan Allen, and Cotswald Furnishings, a superior resource for hand-crafted furnishings and more in Atlanta.

Lighting in an Arts and Crafts or Mission home is critical, especially with all the dark woods and depth of color schemes popular. While ceiling lights, including recessed can give a good general light, it is far more effective and pleasing to adopt a wealth of luminaries. Torchieres (floor lamps that give uplight, and are best placed in corners) can provide valuable general lighting, while table lamps and floor lamps provide invitation and welcome. Accent lighting can be done with mantel lamps, sconces, and dresser lamps. The two most common types of lamps are the mica and metal designs, the body of the lamp being hammered bronze or copper, the shade a sheet of mica; and the art glass lamps with wood or art glass bases and shades of glass in geometric patterns and a squared coolie shape. Other lighting options include a wealth of reproduction lighting through several lighting sources such as Arroyo Craftsmen, and Yamagiwa (available through designers; they also have an outstanding line of Frank Lloyd Wright designs.)

Accents, accessories, and artwork should be kept to a minimum to allow for a fuller appreciation of the architecture of the home and materials of nature showcased. This is a good chance to provide balance to the predominance of wood with elements in glass, ceramics, and metal. Both bowls and vessels are readily available in all materials mentioned here. Iridescent ware in both ceramics and glass provides an airy complement to the weight and depth of the wood.

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The Use of Arts and Crafts Projects to Educate the Students Effectively

The Use of Arts and Crafts Projects to Educate the Students Effectively | By Raheel Nawaz

The arts and crafts projects are in vogue nowadays. Special training is given to the teachers to conduct the arts and crafts projects in schools. The reason is to help the youngsters in knowing that in what way the knowledge can be expanded they learned in class. Usually, these simple but high knowledge containing projects start at playgroup level. Some arts and crafts projects just include drawing while in some real pictures are used to teach the children how to count.

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For the excellent quality of education, instructions are given to the students to use arts and crafts projects to solve the mathematical equations. In the first grade, students are taught to paste pictures or color the pictures to know the correct number mentioned in the mathematical problem. If the sum is incorrect, you should advise the student to paste the pictures at some other place or to count them again for the correct answer.

To expand the knowledge in real terms through the arts and crafts projects, the construction of a volcano or a microscope is recommended to the students at the sixth grade level. This kind of project demands creativity on the part of the students. Moreover, students are permitted to combine art and science in a very realistic form. One of the vital factors affecting the successful conduction of these arts and crafts projects is the need of a waiver from the parents. In the volcano project students have to mix chemical compounds easily available everywhere. Teachers dictate the students to submit a waiver for damages e.G. If the baking soda to show volcano eruption comes in contact with eyes of the students, this waiver from the parents helps the school authorities. Students of high level learn a great deal through the use of arts and crafts projects on the events of proms and various other class parties.

Creativity matters a lot in the decoration of the area where the party is going to be celebrated. Stage is decorated with floral arrangements or sometimes with balloons. Students get the opportunity of creative work in making the invitation cards. They try to make heart shaped or flower shaped or star shaped invitation cards to reflect a festive gleam on the school parties. The evident use of arts and crafts projects can be seen on the sports events in the schools. These projects allow the students to show team spirit and find out the ways to express their feelings with colors and graphic art. Students can print the banners that serve for a dual role.

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They not only show how tough their football or baseball team is but also exhibit the school colors and motto to the spectators who have come to enjoy football or baseball match.

Schools can also be decorated beautifully by permitting the students to do artwork for the walls in the classroom. And by encouraging the students you can not only promote their talent but also reduce the money to be expended on the decoration of school. In short, arts and crafts projects help the students in polishing their creative skills as well as making the education process easy and effective for them.

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