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Re: [teacherartexchange] Sumerian art lesson


Date: Tue Sep 19 2006 - 17:56:59 PDT

We do that. Use the disposable chopsticks rather than skewers, though. They come out of the paper sleeve with the pair joined and when you break them apart you get a squared-off butt end that is ideal for cunieform.


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>Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 08:29:32 -0400
>From: "Judy Decker" <>
>Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Sumerian art lesson
>To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
&gt;Hi Marcia,
&gt;I would give the social studies teacher some clay and some wood
&gt;scratch sticks (skewers would work). Have the students write their
&gt;names (or whatever) in cuneiform on a slab of clay - then fire it.
&gt;They could put a hole (before firing) in it so it could be hung with
&gt;some yarn (or worn as a pendant).
&gt;In your class, do a more involved lesson with clay.
&gt;Here is a write up about ancient ceramics:
&gt;I didn't find many examples online - but you will find some great
&gt;effigy vessels if you search for ceramics from ancient Iran.
&gt;Here is a lesson I did for ancient middle east - 6th grade:
&gt;Students made cylinder seals to texture the borders. They could choose
&gt;copper, brass or aluminum color for the foil tooling. Textures of the
&gt;plates were accented with Rub 'n Buff. Glaze colors were limited to
&gt;blues and earthen colors (Amaco textured glazes). Designs for the foil
&gt;tooling were inspired by ancient middle east or Islamic motifs.
&gt;One year, I had sixth grades do effigy vessels inspired by those from
&gt;ancient Iran. I don't have digital pictures of those. They started
&gt;with either a cone, a cylinder, or a balloon to get the main shape of
&gt;the vessel. Cardboard and balloons were removed before firing.
&gt;Another project I did was foil tooled boxes. I don't have photos of
&gt;those either. Students used motifs of ancient middle east for
&gt;inspiration. I made a template for them - they tooled the foil then
&gt;scored and bent it over a cardboard box for support (I used black
&gt;poster board for that).
&gt;Judy Decker
&gt;On 9/18/06, marcia wrote:
&gt;&gt; Our social studies teacher wants me to come up with
&gt;&gt; an art activity/project that can complement their unit
&gt;&gt; on Sumerian culture. I have a lot of websites and
&gt;&gt; books about Sumerian art, but I'm having a little bit
&gt;&gt; of trouble coming up with an actual project. This is
&gt;&gt; for 5th grade level. Can anyone tell me about a
&gt;&gt; project they have done or give me an idea to start
&gt;&gt; with? Marcia Beckett, in Wisconsin.
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