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Navajo Sandpainting

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PAUL J DILLON (ARTTREK)
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 18:15:17 -0600


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Hi

Just wanted to share what we have been doing with Navajo Sandpainting. =
We are just finishing up. Grades 1-5 right now at my school in Art class =
are each focusing a regional group of Native American Tribes. 4th grade =
is working with NA of the southwest. We are doing a variety of =
activities that related and are inspired by the works of various tribes. =
For our sandpaintings, we had with the classroom teachers, gone to a =
local small NA museum in Aurora, IL which happen to have a display of =
Navajo Art - woven rugs, silver, and sandpaintings. In class we =
followed up with further info and a short video. The students did some =
drawing of a figure in the style of the Yei Figures depicted in the =
sandpaintings. They cut out their drawings and traced then in black =
marker onto a sheet of sandpaper, added a border, and painted with =
acrylic paint on the sandpaper. Finished sandpaintings were detailed =
with black marker. The only problem that I ran into was that the marker =
tips became worn down very quickly. It makes sense that that would =
happen, but I didn't think of it. Since we have other lessons and =
activities in our unit, I chose not to use real sand. Hope this gives =
you another idea.

Sally
ARTTREK

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Hi
 
Just wanted to share what we have been doing with = Navajo=20 Sandpainting.  We are just finishing up. Grades 1-5 right now at my = school=20 in Art class are each focusing a regional group of Native American = Tribes. =20 4th grade is working with NA of the southwest. We are doing a variety of = activities that related and are inspired by the works of various = tribes. =20 For our sandpaintings, we had with the classroom teachers, gone to a = local small=20 NA museum in Aurora, IL which happen to have a display of Navajo Art - = woven=20 rugs, silver, and sandpaintings.  In class we followed up with = further info=20 and a short video.  The students did some drawing of a figure in = the style=20 of the Yei Figures depicted in the sandpaintings.  They cut out = their=20 drawings and traced then in black marker onto a sheet of sandpaper, = added a=20 border, and painted with acrylic paint on the sandpaper.  Finished=20 sandpaintings were detailed with black marker.  The only problem = that I ran=20 into was that the marker tips became worn down very quickly.  It = makes=20 sense that that would happen, but I didn't think of it.  Since we = have=20 other lessons and activities in our unit, I chose not to use real = sand. =20 Hope this gives you another idea.
 
Sally
ARTTREK
 
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