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.
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.
My second grade did this line project using the crayon resist technique. I painted the boards with the thick black lines and each team of students was given a board to use crayons to draw “The Lines of Design” (some were using color pencils) on the white space. Once the boards were all filled with lines. They used watercolor to paint the boards and watch their lines pop through the paint like magic. I then put all the boards together to create a mural for the Art Exhibition.