Ancient Art of Native Americans
Age Group: High School
Objective: To give students an insight into the Native American culture, discover the diversity through the art and find connections with the art of other ancient cultures. This lesson plan is designed to teach students about diversity as well as demonstrates the uncanny links cultures have from half way around the world.
Prior Knowledge: Ask students to name some of the forms of artwork credited to Native America Peoples. Ask if they can think of other cultures that also utilized this form of art. Make a list of their answers. (Answers that could be expected would be beadwork, masks, cave paintings, sand painting, or pottery.) Provide some pictures of ancient Native American art for the students to review.
Assignment: Students will be required to research a Native American culture and one another ancient world culture. They will decide upon one art form found in the Native American culture of their choosing, compare it to the same type of art form from another ancient world culture, plan a presentation on their findings and create their own example of the art form and write a reflective paper on what they learned about the two cultures.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on the thoroughness of their investigation, the presentation to the class, originality, creativity and their ability to demonstrate their understanding of the art form.