Dress for Success

Well that's an interesting hat! Kids consider the design, color and symbolism seen in an artifact from the Qing dynasty. The rationale for the lesson is to help them connect the idea that some objects represent social beliefs with aesthetic purpose. They examine a photo of the object, discuss how and when it would be used, and then they design their own hat for school personnel, such as the principal or the secretary. This is a literal translation of that old saying, "I wear so many different hats."

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  • Wonderful images and great background information are included
  • The lesson addresses fine art and social studies

  • The images will either need to be printed out or shown to the entire class with the aid of a document camera