Native American Buffalo Hides

NAME OF PROJECT:  Native American Brown Paper Buffalo Hides

BASED ON ARTWORK BY:  Nampeyo (Hopi) and Kicking Bear (Sioux)

MAIN ARTWORK USED: Hopi Bowls by Nampeyo and Battle of Little Big Horn by Kicking Bear

SUBMITTED BY:  Luisa Dugas

GRADE LEVEL: 2/3

MATERIALS: 

Brown Paper bags (free at the Super market)

Acrylic Paint in red, turquoise, black, white and orange

Pencils and Black Sharpie

INSTRUCTIONS: 

STEP 1:  Scrunch up your brown paper bag, open and smooth it flat. Repeat. Then, tear brown paper bag to resemble the shape of a buffalo hide. Show example.

STEP 2: With black sharpie make a border around your whole hide. It is a good idea to create a repeating pattern. Show examples. If children want, they may draw it in pencil first, but it takes a lot of time.

STEP 3: Draw in pencil your Native American inspired designs. Make sure your designs are big and fill your hide. Designs should not have a lot of detail.

STEP 4: Use ONLY 3 of the 5 colors and color your designs. Set aside to dry.

STEP 5: When dry, edge all designs with black sharpie to make them stand out.

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Layered landscape

 

Based on: The Harvesters by Pieter Brueghel

Project Idea: Borrowed from http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/layeredlandscape whom in turn borrowed idea from http://www.artsonia.com

Submitted by: Luisa Dugas

Grade Level: 2/3

Materials:

  • Light charcoal paper
  • Crayons and/or oil pastels
  • Black sharpie
  • Pencil

Instructions: 

  • STEP 1: Students will place paper horizontally on the table. With the pencil they will draw three lines from left to right to divide the paper into four horizontal sections. A foreground, a middle ground, a background and above the horizon.

    STEP 2: Then they will draw trees starting on the lines for each ground and continuing vertically all the way to the top of the page.  Erase lines inside the trees with white eraser.

    Step 3: Students will also be encouraged to decide on a mood for their painting. Either summer, winter, spring or fall and choose their colors accordingly. They will be asked to add some details to enhance the mood of their landscape, a setting sun, a rising moon, and/or pumpkin patch or snowflakes if they wish.

     Step 4: With a sharpie, mark the lines that divide the different grounds. Erase all pencil lines that are not necessary or break through. Color your landscape with the colors that enhance your mood. Only use 3 or 4 colors per mood. Presenter may demonstrate on the Promethean board.

Circus Scene in Pointillism

Based on: “The Circus” by Georges Seurat

Submitted by: Luisa Dugas

Grade Level: 2/3 and 4/5

Materials:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Liquid watercolors
  • Pencil
  • Q-tips
  • Horse stencils for 2/3 (4/5 can draw their own) 
  • Black colored pencil
  • 1″ painter’s tape

Instructions: 

  • Step 1: Presenter will prepare the paper with a 1″ border of paper tape ahead of time.
  • Step 2: Students will place paper vertically on the table. Tell students that they will draw a circus tent as if you were inside of it. Use a very light touch with the pencil because all lines will be erased later. Draw a semi-circle on the bottom of the page from side to side. This area will become the foreground or the “floor” of the circus tent.  Then they will draw a small upside down semi circle on the top of the page for the top of the circus tent. From this small semi circle, they will draw diagonal lines all the way down to the bottom semicircle trying to have an even pattern.
  • Step 3: They will pick a horse stencil and gently outline the horse onto the “tent floor” as if it was performing. Then erase all the lines that are inside the horse. Use a white eraser and NOT the pencil eraser as this will damage the paper.
  • Step 4: With watercolors and Q-tips students will make dots using contrasting colors in the tent stripes. Do not let the students mix the watercolors because colors will become muddled and loose effect. Use a different Q-tip every time you change colors. Continue applying dots to all areas of tent and horse always using contrasting colors.
  • Step 5: Let dry, erase all pencil lines and use black colored pencil to add details to horse. (If there isn’t enough time, presenter may add the details to the horse later)