<< Since it is that time of year and Indians have such an important part in
history I was wondering what kind of Native American projects you all are
doing all over? >>
I am starting a unit this week on the Hopi Indian Kachina doll. We will be
drawing the outlines of the dolls in three sizes. One is a small full figure,
next an enlarged view of just the upper half, and last one of the decorative
borders from their rug designs. These are put on separate pieces of
newsprint. With tracing paper and pencil we will put together a composition
that uses the principles of design and the over lapping effect of cubism to
make an abstraction of the kachina doll designs.
With tempera we figure out a color scheme using one of seven colors schemes
(such as analagous, compliment,double compliment, split-compliment, triad,
and related palette). They choose 12 colors from their worksheet that cover
the value scale ( darkest to almost white) When they paint the piece they
will use the first 5 colors inside the area of the border design and use the
last 7 color in the area outside the border design. This probably sounds
complicated but if you saw it it would be very clear.
I had alot of trouble finding books that deal with the Kachinas but I did find
some coloring books at Amazon.com that are very usefull. If anyone out there
knows of a book title and publisher I could use it. Anyway that's my new unit
and I will find out how it goes next week. I'm doing this with my art 3
students in high school.
San Jose CA