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Re: Native American project

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Michelle Vidro (ggoose)
Sat, 1 Nov 1997 09:10:47 -0700

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WOW! I love how you did the cave painting exercise too! Amazing that
something such as this can work across all ages!

Michelle

>Just a gloss on your excellent project idea about cave paintings. I did a
>similar project with my AP (college-level) Art History students [we merely
>used construction paper - I'm going to "borrow" your crumpled paper bag
>idea], and for paint I used nontoxic powdered paints to simulate the
>crushed pigments. For the negative hand images, they could put the powder
>on the back of their hands and blow through a straw.
>
>When we finished the pictures (same personal-symbolism idea), volunteers
>would let the class discuss their pictures, as if they were in a museum -
>talking about meaning, formal elements, etc. Then, we [unlike people
>looking at real cave paintings] had the benefit of hearing the artists
>explain what *they* had in mind with the pictures. Very interesting
>exercise in differing/relevance of both audience and artist viewpoints in
>looking at art.
>
>Hope this is useful...
>
>Carla Schiller (formerly Harwitt)
>Teacher, Highly Gifted Magnet
>North Hollywood High School
>Los Angeles Unified School District
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>On Fri, 31 Oct 1997, Michelle Vidro wrote:
>
>> Sally,
>> How about showing some cave paintings, and then doing your own. I did this
>> with first graders and it was a big success.
>>
>> Cave painting:
>>
>> 1. Cut up some brown grocery bags into large sheets,like 12"x12" or whatever.
>>
>> 2. Have kids crumble them up really tight, then uncrumble them. This is
>> their cave wall.
>>
>> 3. Put some white paint in a spray bottle. They can put their hand down on
>> the paper and spray, leaving handprint as negative shape. (An object can be
>> used instead of hand.) Explain how they used to put paint in their mouths
>> to spray.
>>
>> 4. Then using brushes and a limited palette (explain that making colors was
>> very time consuming because they had to gather flowers and such to grind
>> into pigment) have them paint "symbols" of our time. Refer to the symbols
>> that they painted, as in animals before a hunt, etc.
>>
>> That's it! Good luck!
>> Michelle
>>
>>
>> >A former student of mine who is studying to be an elementary teacher is in
>> >need of an idea for an art project that deals with Native Americans.
>> >She'll will be working with 4th and 5th graders for an hour max.
>> >
>> >Any ideas?
>> >
>> >Thanks, Sally
>>
>>
>>


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