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Fifth-graders pick up lost art of sewing in 'Ugly Monsters' project

Some local artists are touring schools in Buncombe County, showing off their work. Those artists visited Oakley Elementary School and inspired students to come up with their own characters. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Some local artists are touring schools in Buncombe County, showing off their work.

They feature different books and create characters from the story the children read.

Those artists visited Oakley Elementary School and inspired students to come up with their own characters.

News 13 went to Ashley Ricci's art class to check on their progress.

Students are almost finished with the project--and they're so proud of their work

Ms. Ricci is working with her fifth-grade students. Over the past few weeks they had to come up with an idea for a monster: Design its shape and then a make a pattern for it, front and back.

It's a hands-on activity that allows the students to be creative.

"They're taking to it really quickly, and they've actually surprised themselves that they can do it," Ricci said.

The prject involves and old-fashioned art: sewing.

"Basically this is the first time I've ever done like a homemade stitch," said Samuel, a fifth-grader.

"One day Ms. Ricci told us that we're going to be sewing, and I got a little bit excited and I was just happy,"said Quada, another student.

Some of the more seasoned sewers in the classroom helped out fellow classmates. Tammy even got a chance to show them how her grandmother taught her how to sew on a button, when she was a little girl.

Once the students finish their ugly monsters, they'll be displayed at Oakley Elementary for parents and visitors to enjoy.

And even though the project is called Ugly Monsters, some of them are pretty cute.


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