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 5th Grade boys won a County wide Contest doing this Collaborative Project. They were given a theme (Scissors) and a canvas. They came up with this composition. I am so proud of them, using what they learned (overlapping) in Art to create this masterpiece. 🎨✂️👏🏽🙌🏽
My students visit Mexico twice a year in October for “El Dia de los Muertos” and again in May for “Cinco de Mayo”.
So Lucky 🍀 of course they need their passports. (Which I created for them for my “Art around the World” unit.
In May students learn that Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). I explain that in Mexico 🇲🇽 it’s a minor holiday but in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
In addition students make sombreros, Papel picado, and learn about one of my favorite Artist Frida Kahlo and yes I dress up like her. My students love all my costumes and I love giving them life long experiences. I also give them information about Diego Rivera. Students create self-portraits inspired my Frida as well as a collaborative mural inspired by Diego. 👩🏽🎨❤️🇲🇽🎨
Students write their name in block or bubble style letters, making sure that all of the letters are attached to one another and to the fold.
Cut out the name around the perimeter of the letters. (Do not cut out each letter individually and do not cut out on the fold where the letter meets the fold) The students will then open up their name and it should be connected and symmetrical. Each student will glue his name onto a piece of colored or black construction. The name needs to be open.
With a marker, oil pastels, or crayons students can draw eyes, arms, legs, or tails on the creature they have created with their symmetrical names.
I also tried this having students write their name in black oil pastels on the fold, then fold their paper so their name is on the inside of the paper and use a rubbing technique. (I just use small plastic glue spatulas I have in my class, but the back end of a drawing pencil will work as well.) I then have students open up their paper and magically their name will appear on the other side. Wowza’s Symmetry!! I then tell them to look at their names vertical and can they picture it becoming a monster or an alien. They all start to laugh at this point, because they start to see a nose, mouth,eyes,etc. They then create their monsters/aliens, cut them out and glue onto black paper. Lastly they design an outer-space background.
I LOVE doing this lesson the first week of school as an introductory so I can learn their names.