'TIS THE SEASON for "Calendar Art." I feel like we just got started on our Native American unit and Thanksgiving is already here! We have studied masks, picture writing, rain sticks, pottery, totem poles but that was just a small start. So instead of packing up because a new holiday is coming Christmas, Channukah, Three Kings Day etc. I am going to do something I never did before. . . THROW AWAY MY CALENDAR! Who made the rule you can only study Native American art during Thanksgiving anyway? After break we are going to watch Maria Martinez click here to see more, make pottery, make our our own rain sticks, study animal meanings and respect for nature in Native American culture as compared with our culture. I am going to free myself from Calendar Art to explore and study and share as long as we feel is right.
|Native American picture dictionary we used for inspiration.|
|Paper Masks and Totem Poles|
|One way to broaden their view is to help students make connections.|
|Close up of a totem pole. We also are making clay totems.|
|This is the comic students glued in their journal. They filled in the bubbles with things they learned about totem poles.|
Stay tuned to see how long we can hold out until a green or red sparkle enters the art room and I know I'm a little bah humbug but my classroom has always been a "No Santas Allowed ZONE." He's best left to classroom teachers, mom's, and dad's. We have places to go in the art room and we're not taking a sleigh!
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