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Lesson Plans

Art activities to teach other cultures

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Thu, 8 Oct 1998 09:58:59 EDT

Okay, here is a dilemma I would like your opinions on. Long ago, an art Ed
instructor brought this up in a very negative light--never told us it was
wrong and not to do it--but that was definitely implied (or at least all the
students inferred it). How do you rationalize teaching kids about other
cultures using materials that are very far removed from the actual art or
craft of that culture? Using pizza cardboard and brown paper for shields or
milk jugs for African masks, etc. This question is not a criticism to
anybody, so please do not be offended or feel you have to defend yourselves to
me. This has just always been an area that I couldn't reconcile for myself so
I have practiced the age old art of avoidance. Easy to do for me since I
freelance teach and don't have a classroom(s).

<< I do an Indian Shield project with 5th graders (our 5th graders do an Am.
Indian unit with their classroom teachers). We use reed, tape it into a
circle, then we lay it on a large piece of the brown/natural colored butcher
paper. We tape it to the paper, then cut the paper around the reed circle
with about a two inch border. They then slice the two inch border into
up to the reed, fold it over the reed and glue it (keeping the edge smooth).
They love the process and imagine the real process of stretching the leather.