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Native American Clay Pots

Lesson Description:
Students will be able to…
  • examine native american stories, art, and cultural connections.
  • utilize symbols in order to communicate an idea.
  • explore painting a 3-d object.
  • evaluate the intentions and meanings of his or her work.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Lecture

Sustainability Topic:
  • Other

Time Needed:
50 minutes
Standards Addressed:
  • visual arts standard 1: understand and apply media, techniques, and processes related to the visual arts.
    • benchmark #3: know how different media (e.g., oil, watercolor, stone, metal), techniques, and processes are used to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • visual arts standard 3: know the range of subject matter, symbols and potential ideas in the visual arts.
    • benchmark #2: know how subject matter, symbols, and ideas are used to communicate meaning.
  • visual arts standard 4: understand the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.
    • benchmark #1: know that the visual arts have both a history and a specific relationship to various cultures.
  • visual arts standard 5: understand the characteristics and merits of one’s own artwork and the artwork of others.
    • benchmark #1: know various purposes for creating works of visual art.
  • history standard 1: understand family life now and in the past, and family life in various places long ago.
    • benchmark #1: know the ways that families long ago expressed and transmitted their beliefs and values through oral tradition, literature, songs, art, religion, community celebrations, mementos, food, and language (e.g., celebration of national holidays, religious observances, and ethnic and national traditions; visual arts and crafts; hymns, proverbs, and songs)
  • history standard 6: understand the folklore and other cultural contributions from various regions of the united states and how they helped to form a national heritage.
    • benchmark #2: understand how stories, legends, songs, ballads, games, and tall tales describe the environment, lifestyles, beliefs, and struggles of people in various regions of the country

Materials Needed:
  • clay pot
  • black and white tempera or acrylic paint
  • one small paint brush
  • one pencil with an eraser
  • see attached materials for complete list of materials

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf NativeAmerican_ClayPots.pdf
Located in: Creativity

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