Last night I finally updated this website.... very nervous about what happens when one does this? I assume, not much because content should all be the same.
I've been working on a few new lessons. Check out this idea: Art and Literature; Crossing Bok Chitto, a Choctaw story > tied to an art lesson exploring Caravaggio! It's all about the light my friends!
I've been thinking/rethinking how to put together a packet to address the Thanksgiving misinformation and stereotypical lessons still being used.
Lots to do! Kim
Wow! Yes that is me! I have no excuses.... Life just seems to take us different directions at times.
If you found my site I hope your are looking for lesson ideas that teach about Native American Arts
with a fresh perspective!
I have started a Teachers Pay Teachers account to offer full lessons that include hand outs, rubrics and directions. I am just starting out.... but plan on adding more lessons as time goes on. I really enjoy putting the packets together! Check out my store HERE. Feedback and comments are appreciated!
I am in my last week of teaching.... man do the days seem long! I am looking forward to a Summer of travel, art and relaxation/rejuvenation!
Wishing you a fantastic Summer!
Love this time year! 2 new lessons inspired by the season are posted.
At my school we harvested cattails and had a teaching on how to weave with them. I kept the scrap pieces and came up with a lesson to tie into an older book: Manabozho and the Bullrushes. You might still find the book on Amazon, but it is old. There is a shorter version of the legend on-line, see the lesson for the link.
This is the hunting season in my area and many families participate in deer hunting. I read the book: A Hunter's promise, by Joseph Bruchac to my students. They loved the shape-changer ending! We looked at the beautiful and brilliant art of John Nieto for inspiration and created colorful Moose Art!
Thank you for visiting, I hope you find something useful and welcome your input!
Happy Fall, Kim
Just in case you missed it, here is a link to explain what Rock Your Mocs is all about. Where I teach everyone was encouraged to wear their mocs Friday November 14th. The entire school + staff participated in a Stomp Dance. It was a lot of fun! My students are still singing while working!
Link to article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/16/native-pride-at-heart-of-rock-your-mocs-campaign/3613865/
Link to Moccasin info:
Be Well and Be Creative!
This is the time of the year when many teachers look for Native American lesson ideas (in the USA) to tie into the Thanksgiving Holiday. I encourage (anyone who will listen) to incorporate Native American art and history through out the year! There are opportunities around every corner. I have posted a few more lesson ideas and hope you find something useful.
Veterans Day is next week in the USA. Did you know (when using percentages) more Native Americans serve in the military than any other ethnic group? What a huge honor! At my school Veterans Day is a big deal! We honor our Veterans with a special ceremony where we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and honor all those who have served. Below is a link showing a graph of military enlistment by race, note the highlighted columns.
I appreciate your your stopping by and hope you found something helpful! Please share this site and your comments are always appreciated!
Be Well and Be Creative,
I have started to place Amazon and Blick banners on the site. If you do your normal shopping by clicking on the banners on this site it helps me (affiliate program) to buy more books! More books = more resources for lesson ideas! I have a huge wish list, as I am sure many of you do!
I love this time of year. The weather is crisp and the leaves are simply magnificent. Wisconsin color is truly the best in the nation!
I have been focusing on completing my horse unit. My 2nd grade loved the Mud Pony lesson posted under clay/painting. The horses they created were all so unique and colorful! The watercolor salt background was a huge hit! The salt did amazing things to the paint...like magic!
This week we finish 5th grade wire horse sculptures and 6th grade paper clay and birchbark relief horses. Both lessons were a challenge and a creative exploration of form. I will post pictures soon.
In case you are wondering why I have focused on "Horses" to start the new year, I tied my lessons to an all school field trip to the Indian Summer Festival in September. Indian Summer is an annual festival held in Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan (one of the Great Lakes).
The theme for this year was Horse Nation Celebration. We learned about horses and the high regard many tribes have for them. For some of my students it was the first time they were able to be close to these large magnificent animals. We heard stories from Lakota elders and admired the beauty of painted ponies. I created these art lessons to reinforce the tribal connections, share additional stories and explore the elegant form of horses!
Thank you for stopping by! Your comments are always welcomed and appreciated!
I am back!! The 2013-2014 school year ended up being a very busy year for me and I dropped the ball with this site!
Apologies for anyone looking for something new! I promise to post new lessons as I find success. I am ready to pick it up and hit the road running...or in this case riding! Giddy up!
As anyone who teaches art can tell you, not all art lessons are great. As a matter of fact some are down right dreadful! The best thing to do is make note of what did not work...then revise or simply discard them! I even keep a couple lists... the AWESOME list and the DUD list to remind me. When you teach 8 grades it can be it bit crazy keeping track of all the lessons.
2014-2015 My first few weeks have been exciting! I created several new lessons to tie into the Horse Nation tribes of the Plains. I will post as soon as they are ready for the Web.
I wish anyone who stumbles upon this site a wonderful year!
Thanks for taking the time to read my post, your comments are always welcomed and appreciated!
The school year is off and running! I am starting my school year with a variety of games to incorporate Native American Culture and Math!
You will find a new lesson on "Stick Dice" under misc and a "Ball and Triangle" toy under birchbark. We are in the process of making "Plum Pit" games too! I will post that idea when complete.
You may have noticed that there are a lot of patterns on the projects. We are exploring "Zentangle" patterns and comparing to patterns from various tribes. Tribal patterns and their components are often recognized in Zentangle Designs. My students love the "How to" aspect of the designs. They are excited to learn new patterns and often use them on other projects!
I hope you find something useful here!
Thank you for visiting and please leave feedback or share your ideas!
The fourth quarter has begun! This is always the busiest time for me! I am working on preparing for the Annual Art Exhibit, helping with a play and trying to complete my portfolio for the National Boards Certification!
I just posted a simple porcupine lesson idea. I use one of my favorite Ojibwe legends. I used this lesson for a Family Literacy Event at my school in February. It is a great project that families can do together as well as an easy art activity.
I hope you found something useful on my site.
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Thank you! Kim
Winter has been making it's presence known with a 25 degree BELOW zero wind chill!! The good news is our groundhog, "Winter" at the Milwaukee County Zoo did NOT see her shadow. Spring is on it's way!
In my art room we spent the end of January working with porcupine quills on birchbark, creating a stop-motion animation about a porcupine getting her quills, and reading an Ojibwe legend about porcupines.
My 5th grade is working on a strip of loom beadwork that they will use on a fan handle.
And 4th grade is working on a stick weaving strip....a lot like straw weaving.
The days are getting longer and brighter!
Thanks for stopping by, as always,
My name is Kimberly and I am an art teacher in Southeast WI. I have been teaching in Native American schools for over 27 years! I hope to share with you the beauty of Indigenious American Art and Culture!