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Do a discussion on tribes, who they are, etc. Talk about the kinds of
markings permanent and temporary that they might decorate themselves with.
Talk about why they use body decorating in relation to rituals, embodying the
spirit of animals to hunt, etc.
Have them trace their hands in pencil on a piece of paper. At least 2 of
hands must overlap. They can do part of their hand or all the way up to their
elbow. Using one color marker, have them trace over the pencil and fill in
the hands doing different designs. I usually have them draw at least 5 hands
on a 12" x 18" paper and
specify (1) an animal pattern (I include spider webs and reptile-like skin)
(2) just lines (3) just shapes (4) combination of lines and shapes (5)
anything they want, but no already existing symbols. I stress constrast in
line thickness, colored in vs. blank shapes, etc.
Divide them into groups of 5 or 6. Have each fill at least 2 sheets of 9" x
12" paper with a pattern of one color all the way down the sheet. Then have
them trace and cut out their hands. Each hand can be a different color as
long as it is the same color all the way down sheet. Then these hands can be
glued onto black 18" x 24" paper. It makes a cool class collage!
I used the first lesson as the real lesson and the second was for those who
finished early. We were learning about dot, line, and shape.
Millis Middle School