Curriculum Connections

for Papermaking

 

 

English/Literacy

                  Practice communicating ideas using different media

 

 

Social Studies

              Cultures-China

              Cultures-Japan

                                    "Their use of paper extends from documents, books, artworks and origami, to ceremonies and spiritual rituals,  housing, woven shifu and momigami clothing, laquered vessels of woven or laminated  paper, lanterns, umbrellas, even cooking food (for ex. poaching fish in paper wrappers"

              History

                  World history- the spread of papermaking

" how slowly the discovery of paper traveled out of China, due first to the secrets of creating such a

valuable commodity to the lack of communication to the modes of travel over difficult  terrain."

                  American History

                                    Colonial crafts and roles

                                    First papermakers and independence

                                    the rise of wood

Agrihistory- the role of flax, the demise of flax in America

                  the demise of cotton in America

The role of cotton

Mummies for rags

 

Arts

                  Visual Art form use of space

                  Structures

                  Bookmaking

Creating a visual support for written text to better convey a story

                 

Science

              Electromechanical attraction

                  Hydrogen bonds

                  Recycling

                  Environment

                  Botany

                  Plant structures

"ionic attraction of pigments to fibers is such a wonderfully graphic way to  illustrate that scientific subject. (It was explained to me that it is not really a magnetic attraction...)  Science teachers I have worked with were thrilled because it  is a difficult thing to demonstrate.  I love using ultramarine blue pigment because it is  almost fool proof in its behavior.  Guaranteed results!"

 

(Comments from artist and papermaker

Catharine Nash)