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Lesson Plans


Re: multiculturalism

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Bicyclken
Tue, 16 Nov 1999 23:00:17 EST


I have done many projects that have dealt with the cultures of kids and
cultures in general. The one I would like to share is a sand painting.

This is where they design a stylized design of a subject, create a space
between objects, and use white glue and water with sand dropped over to build
up a shape of sand. This is then painted with tempera to create a colored
sand effect, using a color scheme.

The subject this time was to create a Medallion design that shows the crests,
icons, symbols, designs, or art of the ethnic background of the students. We
went to the Library and researched the images of the different cultures and
ethnic backgrounds of the students. Using crests and Heraldry we were able to
make circular designs with images of the ethnic backgrounds of the students.

The interesting part was that a lot of the students did not know much about
their heritage, but after looking into it they were amazed at how much art
and design was apart of their background. My school is not very diverse in
cultures, White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant with a good amount of Asian and a few
Black or Hispanic.

The sand paintings are done on chip board with a base color, that was to be
the space between each shape of sand. The sand was painted over with a thin
coat of tempera and looked like the Hopi/Navaho sand paintings. This was
very popular with the kids and I will do it again.

Ken Schwab
San Jose CA

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