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I don't have a specific "cowboy" project to suggest, just a few comments.
Keep in mind that only about 1/3 of the cowboys were white. The rest were
black or mexican. With the influence of hollywood your students most
likely have a different concept imbedded. Look up Black Cowboys or Black
Rodeo on the web. Buffalo soldiers might get you some helpful
You might want to check out "Cowboy Poets" as a way to
include literature into the projects. Baxter Black is one who comes to mind.
As for exemplars try Frederick Remington or Charles Russell. The Gilcrease
Museum in Tulsa is your best resource. Good luck on your lessons.
From Cow Town, Woody in KC
The Kansas City Star this morning says that the Arts Commission rejected
the idea of bringing the fiberglass cows project to Kansas City. Oh well,
I guess that's why our local motto is "not your ordinary cow town"!!
The Austin's wrote:
> I had made a request earlier this summer for "Prairie" art projects. I am
> still working on my prairie theme, and have decided to begin the year with
> cowboy type projects. I will be doing art of the Plains Indians, studying
> current and past Kansas artists (Has anyone been to see Stan Herd's
> mazes?!?!). While I will be doing related projects for high school (and
> possibly middle school) - if anyone's interested I can let you know what
> we're doing. But as I ramble on, thinking I really need to be getting to
> bed, does anyone have any cowboy type projects - remember this is
> elementary! I have thought about drawing boots and creating the designs on
> the sides (like the detailed stitching on real boots), designing bandanas,
> saddle blankets, etc. but could really use some help and ideas on exactly
> what type projects to do.
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