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Kindergarten Native American Unit

posted Nov 18, 2016, 7:58 AM by   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 11:33 AM ]
This is always a fun time of year in the art room for Kindergarten, because they get to use clay for the first time in art!  This lesson collaborates with the Native American unit the students are studying in their classroom.  Students learn that clay is from the earth, and Native Americans used clay to make many vessels including bowls and cups.  Students then get to make their own container using the pinch-pot method.  First, we practice the pinching technique with Play-doh, and once they are ready, the students get to create with clay.  After they are happy with the form of their vessel, they can use a tool to carve designs into their artwork, just like the Native Americans.  

After the clay has been fired in the kiln (a very hot clay oven), the students finished their artwork by choosing a color stain that symbolized Land (green), Sky and Water (blue) or Animals (red) - all things important to the Native Americans.  

click here to see some of the pinch pots!

They also made a collaborative mural, find that post here