Thursday, April 25, 2013

Five Minute Museum: Olek

Olek (whose real name is Agata Oleksiak) is a contemporary artist who has moved crochet from a handicraft into a fine art.

This is another Five Minute Museum mini lesson that is taught during the first five minutes of the lesson period. Olek's unique art form is a fabulous way to help students see that art is more than just drawing and painting. Our curriculum sets this lesson as one of the artists studied in third grade but the plan is useable at any grade level.


A quick follow up to this lesson is a simple crocheting lesson (again just five minutes long). Most children over the age of 7 or 8 easily pick up the chain stitch.

Because she is a contemporary artist, few copies of her works are in the public domain (although some outdoor public displays have been documented by various photographers.) However, she has a nice website that is easily used inside the classroom via a projector and a quick internet search for images of Olek Crochet (her professional title) gives plenty of resources.

[As a fun side note, we are currently reading Fablehaven by Brandon Mull and there is a character called Olloch in one of the books. Olloch has this long, multi-tentacled, froglike tongue. M. commented that it would be easy to remember Olek's name because he could imagine Olloch's long tongue reaching out of his mouth and quickly crocheting around his prey like Olek does when she crochets around living people. I have to give him points for creativity and good use of the visualization memory technique.]

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