We have created a program which not only keeps the kids interested and
entertained, but teaches them valuable information and exposes them to a
variety of media, techniques, styles, artists, and history. There are six
sessions in the school year and each has a different theme.
Our second session is entitled Culture & Art. I thought you might be
interested in how we are approaching this broad topic with our K-5 kids.
Each class is about an hour and fifteen minutes long.
Our goal is to explore how culture affects, inspires or even drives the arts.
We chose to focus on Egyptian and Mexican Indian art as examples. We will
explore how, through history, the work of artists reflect, among other things,
their beliefs, experiences, daily life routines, emotions, fears, and
imaginations. The inspiration for creating art remains almost constant
through thousands of years, while the styles, techniques and creations might
be different. Throughout the lessons, children are also exposed to artists who
have been inspired by these and other cultures. Here is a simplified outline
of our lesson plan:
Lesson 1: The children will create a collage of images from varying cultures
and backgrounds in the shape of a person's body representing the human spirit.
Lesson 2: Inspired by the Egyptian artists we will create a scroll with images
of our daily life, documenting the importance of our existence.
Lesson 3: In the style of Mexican-Indian artists, we will teach the children
the basic clay building techniques to create useful coil and pinch pots.
Lesson 4: We will paint and decorate our clay creations.
Lesson 5: We will create greeting cards by printing a monoprint image of a
daily event or routine on folded watercolor paper.
Your comments and questions are welcome.