Pam Negrin
Professional Development

Collaborative Embroidery: Connecting and Inventing with Needle and Thread

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Collaborative Embroidery: Connecting and Inventing with Needle and Thread

Pam Negrin’s artwork includes embroidery, drawing, collage, printmaking and assemblage. Her residencies transform classrooms into creative and collaborative handwork studios. Pam worked for ten years at Kaleidoscope, a children’s art center in Kansas City that is a philanthropic project of Hallmark Cards, Inc. and Crayola. Here in Maryland, she has team-taught visual arts-integrated residencies with classroom teachers for the last 7 years. She has dual degrees: a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BS from Carnegie Mellon University.

In the Collaborative Embroidery workshop, participants will learn and practice strategies for integrating the art form of embroidery in to their classrooms, create their own embroidered doodle cloth or mini-sampler of fun and accessible stitches, brainstorm for curriculum connections, and engage in collaborative embroidery — “stitching bee” style!

Outcomes:

–Have fun and get creative with a hands-on embroidery project

–Practice strategies to use in the classroom for organization of embroidery materials and tools.

–Practice strategies to use in the classroom for teaching basic stitches and working with large groups of students at once

–Practice strategies for generating visual imagery with students and transferring to cloth

–Understand how to use embroidery hoops and tapestry tables with different ages and abilities

–Understand the elements of embroidery and how to choose age-appropriate tools

–Discuss the many physical, cognitive and emotional benefits of handwork for children

*All workshops longer than 90 minutes include an on-site orientation meeting.