Art of the First Peoples of America
As part of the Native North American Art Unit this term, Preps will be learning about artwork unique to Navajo people, with a particular focus on pattern and repetition. Using paper, pastels and paints, students will work on a series of experimental artworks in their art journals, inspired by the bead and pattern work of Navajo people. With this experience, students will incorporate this pattern work into an artwork inspired by intricately decorated cradleboards – “A pouch-like bag used for carrying a baby, worn on the back”. Through this unit, students will learn about the craftwork of Navajo people and the cultural significance behind some of their artwork.
Grade 1 and 2
This term is all about the art of Native Americans. Students in Grade 1 and 2 will be learning about the Sioux tribes and their traditional (post-colonisation) beaded vests. Like the Preps, students will work on a series of experimental pattern artworks in their art journals, before using brown paper to create their own Sioux inspired vest artwork. The focus for this artwork is on the traditional patterns and animals depicted in the beadwork and clothing of Sioux tribes. From an anthropological perspective, students will also have the opportunity to learn about the preparation of buffalo and deer hides and the craft techniques of clothing made by Sioux people.
Grade 3 and 4
Grade 3 and 4 students will create a mixed-media artwork from clay and yarn as part of the Native North American Art Unit this term. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the textiles and ceramics of Navajo people. They will then combine this knowledge to create an artwork that is inspired by these elements. In phase one, students will create a clay loom influenced by the patterns and colours of Navajo ceramics. In phase two, once their clay loom is dry, students will use yarn to weave either a horizontal or spiral design into their clay loom, giving them an understanding of traditional weaving techniques used by Navajo people.
Grade 5 and 6
Students in Grade 5 and 6 will spend the term creating artworks inspired by warrior and medicine shields used by the Plains people during combat. Students will have the opportunity to create either an animal or geometric inspired shield using paint, paper and beads. During this process, students will learn about the cultural significance and differences between the shields and why they were an important symbolic and defensive part of the Plains people’s culture.