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Indian Sand Art

March 10, 2012

The Amarillo Museum of Art recently visited third graders to present a Native American Indian project.  Students were introduced to Native American Indian culture and were shown artifacts. They loved being allowed to hold the artifacts and touch them in their hands. Next, the museum teacher showed them many types of drawings and designs.  Students practiced sketching turtles, eagles, thunderbirds, fish, etc. and then drew their design on a bisque pot using a sharpie marker.  The students enjoyed it so much that I knew we had to work on another Indian project and that is how this lesson began.  I found some fantastic Indian designs on the internet, downloaded them and asked the kids to choose a favorite.  They practiced their sketch on copy paper and then traced the design onto sandpaper using an oil pastel.  They filled in the design with bold color and added color and patterns to the border.  We mounted them on burlap and posterboard to display them in the halls.

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