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Lesson Plans

Navajo sandpainting

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Diane L. (mselle)
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 19:22:29 -0500

I'm not sure what age group you're working with, but for little ones you
can try painting directly on sandpaper. Sounds like cheating, but the
streamlined process helps bond young elementary students positively with
the Native American culture. Show your visuals,discuss the meaning and
true method, then demonstrate the modified version as follows: take a
piece of sand paper (teacher determines size), draw a healing symbol, then
using watercolor, not too diluted, or tempera, somewhat diluted, paint in
the symbol. You can stop here, and after class, mount the work on
construction paper cut slightly larger, or have students cut a fringe at
the ends of a piece of precut mounting construction paper, so that it will
look like a fringed rug when the sand painting is mounted,(this time, by
students), on it. If you want more detail, have the students paint a
border around the sandpainting before mounting, but keep the design simple
because the wee ones have poor small muscle motor coordination. You can
mount as above, or think of other finishing touches. Sincerely, Diane
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