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!
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