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Seventh graders gain an understanding of how African textiles, particularly Bogolanfini or mud cloth, define, project and protect a person's identity. The big idea of the activity is identity. They also make their own unique piece of cultural art.
The Craft Revival and Economic Change
Examine the North Carolina craft revival. In this economics lesson, explore the historical challenges that face North Carolinians in the early 1900's and research primary sources to determine how the craft revival came to be. As a culminating activity, students design visual webs that feature their research findings.
Clay Pot Winter Friends
Students create ice blue, clay pot winter friends using clay pots, ice blue paints, markers, felt, and fabric in this Art lesson for the winter time. The lesson would be ideal for the early elementary classroom during the winter months.
Lights, Sounds, Fabrics and Designs: Careers in the World of Design
Students investigate the broad range of jobs that can be found in the world of design. Students explore sound design, language architecture, etc. Students design a resource book and post it on a website for others to share.
Clay Pot Santa And Mrs. Claus
Pupils create clay replicas of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in this early-elementary Art lesson for the holiday season. Directions are included for both Mrs. Claus and Santa. The lesson also includes links for more art activities using clay pots.
Industrialization and Progressive Reform in the Craft Revival
Discover how to change hobbies into job opportunities. In this Craft Revival lesson plan, students research work conditions and write journal entries that reflect their research findings.
Students write about how they preserve memories to share with others. After reading an article, they discuss the role of quilts in society today. They design their own section of quilt that shows an important part of their lives and create it.
Students use fabric they have created in their quilts. Unlike dyeing and marbling, hand-painting fabric with Setacolor textile paints is not messy, not toxic, and the serendipitous results make every student feel like an artist!
Ethnic Art: African. Mexican and Caribbean Perspectives
Learners study artistic aspects of their culture. They compare ethnic cultures through arts and crafts and produce quality works of art from the knowledge that they have gained. They develop the vocabulary required to verbalize or write from various perspectives of art.
Ghoulish Stick Figures
Students create two-headed snakes, centipedes, ghostly trees, "Handy Herman", and ghosts in this Art lesson for the Halloween holiday. Each craft could be used separately or they could be combined to create a day-long activity.
4-H Clothing and Textiles Activity Page
This activity provides a unique review of clothing and textiles, focusing on sewing. It includes a handy diagram of a sewing machine, which could be useful in a home economics class, and 10 questions.
4-H Clothing and Textiles Leader's Page
This activity could be used in a home economics class to teach students about sewing and clothing. Using this 10 question worksheet, learners explore the function of a sewing machine, and plan a project.
Role of Masks in African Cultures
Students explore ancient tradition and craft of mask making, examine role or function of masks in African culture, create instruments, and participate in class projects.
Labor Unions in the Cotton Mills
To unionize or not to unionize? That is the question high schoolers consider in their investigation of the labor union movement of the 1920s. After a brief review of the Industrial Revolution and the importance of the textile industry in the rebuilding of the south after the Civil War, the class listens to oral histories recorded by owners of and workers in the textile industry. At the conclusion of the study, groups craft a speech either for or against the development of labor unions in the cotton mills. Complete directions for how to access the required materials are included in the detailed plan.
Islamic Art; Exploring the Visual Arts of the Middle East
Young scholars create a monogram, based of the idea of a Turkish Tughra. They examine the connection between writing for communication and writing as an art form. They explore the vocabulary related to the use of art media in the classroom.
Experiments in Tea Dyeing
Students explore the process of how plants are used to dye fabrics. They create data sheets based on the type of fabric and how long they have let the fabric soak.
Weaving in Ecuador
Sixth graders learn about weaving practices in Ecuador. In this weaving and textiles lesson, 6th graders work in groups in learn about the weaving process by looking at pictures. Students complete a photo analysis and a mini-weaving project.
U.S. History: The Progressive Era
Young scholars examine the Colonial Revival Movement as a response to industrialization and immigration. focusing on Deerfield, Connecticut, they create a documentary artifact reflecting the period.
Geography, Ecology, and Folklife
Students identify how do geography and ecology influence a region's folklife. Then they investigate this question and consider how an outsider might view their own region in this lesson. Students also identify how the natural world, even in urban settings, influences how we view life, what materials are available for crafts, what occupations we choose, how our homes look.
Create a Resist Painting
Students examine the development of resist dye techniques in Japan, Indonesia, and West Africa. They discuss textile decorations and patterns, view examples of batik and dye resist art, and create an original resist painting.