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Gail Larned

Artist's Narrative

Gail Larned I love opening young minds to new ideas and ways of expressing themselves. The students are very excited by the materials and techniques of the fiber workshop. I am deeply rewarded when a young person says "This is fun. I can do this." It is important to me that everyone feel successful with their work. Too often children don't feel they can "do it right." In my workshop, there is no wrong way. Everyone's effort is valid. This is the biggest benefit I see for the children - that they can do it right. Everyone goes away with a smile and a feeling of accomplishment.

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Upon request.
This artist is based in Columbus. Travel charges may apply for schools outside of the area.

Programs Available

Fiber Techniques Workshop (Grade levels 1-12)
Wrapping or coiling is the process of wrapping one thing around another. In the classroom, we wrap yarn and other fibers around jute. The children select which colors they want to use. In many cases, students choose exciting and unusual color combinations which add vitality to the artwork. The artist teaches students several variations of wrapping that create patterns and designs. Younger students, grades 1-3, make a small wrapped piece that they may keep. Older students make a wrapped figurative piece that they may keep. Students seem to love this experience and take good feelings about the creative process with them. There are three main aspects of the workshop that are of value to students:

  • Students become familiar with different materials.
  • Students learn techniques that can be applied on their own.
  • Students learn the importance of expressing themselves and experience the joy of being successful with their creative efforts.
Activity Options:
  • Duration: 60-75 min.
  • Fees: $200/half day (three activities); $300/full day (five activities); $1,350 for a week residency. Supplies are additional for any class duration.
  • Requirements: Large tables or desks, scissors, masking tape, yarn.