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About AmazingArtTeacher

I am an Art Educator, Fashion Designer, Artist.

African Kente Cloths

Paper weaving lesson 2nd and fourth grade did different versions of African Kente Cloths✊🏽

 

 

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Native American Art

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Tee Pee’s & Dream Catchers School Display
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Tee Pee’s & Dream Catchers School Display
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Tee Pee’s & Dream Catchers School Display
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Tee Pee’s & Dream Catchers School Display
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Dream Catchers display for Art Exhibition in School Lobby
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1st Grade Native American Art

After discussing the history of Native Americans and their art, totem poles, tee-pees, dream catchers and watching a quick introduction video, we began our projects.

1st Grade Tee-Pee Project:  Involved lines, shapes, foreground, middle ground, and background.  They first used crayons to draw different lines on manila paper. Then they painted white paper using brown for foreground, red for middle ground, and blue for background. Next they drew a triangle on the back of their lined paper and cut it out. Then glued their triangle to their painting with the lines facing up.  Then I gave them two Popsicle sticks to glue to the top of their Tee-pees.

4th Grade Dream Catchers:  We used paper plates.  I gave them reference sheets of native american symbols and we went over what they meant.  They designed the rim of the plates with native american symbols and  designs. Then they cut out the center of the plate  and I had them use watercolors to paint the front and back of plate. Next I used a whole puncher to make holes around the inside of the plate and gave them weaving instructions and yarn.  Once they were done weaving we added feathers and a loop of yarn to the top for hanging.

 

 

Totem Poles

UAE 5-6 Grade Girls Totem poles
5-6th Grade Girls Box Totem Pole

 

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6th Grade Boys Painting Totem Poles
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5th Grade Boys Painting Totem Poles
5-6 Grade UAE Boys Totem Poles
5th Grade Boys Totem Poles

Through this lesson, students will learn about Native Americans from the northwest.  Students will study the culture and artwork of these native people.  The idea of stylizing artwork will also be addressed as students work together to make a two dimensional version of a totem pole.  Finally, students will learn about symbolism and what various animals mean to the Native Americans of the northwest.

  • Boys- Students will choose one animal and draw it using native totem pole references.
  • Girls- Students will work with others at their table in order to create a totem pole.
  • Students will choose an animal that symbolizes their family or personality.