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Lesson Plans

Re: identity project sans self portraiture

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Wed, 21 Oct 1998 20:48:47 EDT

I did a project a few years ago that was dealing with who they were and about
their own heritage. I had them design a shield, or large crest , that used
images and icons from their ethnic background country or countries.

It was done as a "Sand painting" A base color is applied to stiff chipboard,
a design is created and the lines are drawn with a black marker or enlarged to
be 1/8th of an inch. Carbon paper is used to transfer the design onto the
board but both sides of the line are traced so that you hav a space between
shapes. White glue and water is applied in the spaces in small areas and
beach sand is sifted over it. The board is tiped over and the excess sand is
removed. The shapes are now built up with a even coats of sand and the spaces
are still the base color.

After a color scheme lesson and colors chosen the sand areas are painted with
a watered down color so that the sand texture and color are still visable.
They were about 22" across, circles and sheild shapes. They had fun finding
things about their countries of birth and origin and were very proud of the

Maybe this would help you,
Ken Schwab