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"Western" and pioneer art projects


Date: Sat Sep 07 2002 - 11:58:33 PDT

Our K-5 school is doing a school-wide "exploring new frontiers" theme,
and a performance by Opera for the Young of a western opera called
"The Elixir of Love" is scheduled in October. I would like to do "western"
units with all grade levels over the course of the year... some things
I am considering are western landscapes, deserts, mountains,
Pacific ocean, themes of snakes, lizards, cactus, "cowboy" stuff like
rodeos, boots, etc.
Georgia O'Keeffe, Frank Lloyd Wright (Taliesin west?), other artists?,
native american art ... pueblo, storyteller dolls ... and hispanic art.
Anybody have any lesson plans that would fit into this theme they
could share?
Grades 1 and 2 are starting off with "olden days" (pioneer), and I need
help with finding a unit to use with them - they are doing quilts in their
classroom rotation (though I could use that subject in a different way,
I suppose, I'm guessing they will do some sort of paper quilting project),
and the only other thing that comes up in my searches are apple dolls,
which sounds way too complicated and time-consuming. Any other ideas?
Thanks much in advance!