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Compare modern culture with African tribal cultures by researching how individual and group identity are expressed through hair arrangements and other appearance norms.
Students investigate the practice of hair sculpture in African tribal cultures. What other alterations of physical appearance have been practiced by native cultures? Discuss with the class how these practices compare to the role of hair styles and other purposeful appearance alterations in our own culture.
Students research contemporary artist Terry Niedzialak who creates hair montages that make statements about social conflicts (see Fiberarts, Jan/Feb 1991). Study his fiber sculpture style for ideas to use when making your own self portrait sculpture.
In the center of a piece of oak tag or poster board, use Crayola® Washable Markers to sketch a simple self-portrait. Use a mirror if it helps.
Roll coils of Crayola Model Magic, either on a flat surface or between the hands. Press some coils flat. Roll up others in cinnamon-roll fashion.
Place the coils on the sketch to create facial features and hair. With Crayola School Glue, attach the Model Magic pieces to the paper and each other. Cut the rest of the paper away with Crayola Scissors. Let the sculpture dry.
Color the portrait using Crayola Watercolors or Tempera Paint and Brushes. Or use Crayola Washable Markers and brush water over the surface. Let the sculpture dry again.
Use Crayola School Glue to embellish the face with feathers, dried flowers, or other decorative materials. Glue a paper clip to the back for a hanger.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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Open the golden door of Ellis Island and explore the history of immigration in the United States.
Explore cultures through clothing, using a variety of Crayola Colored Pencils and construction paper to make 3-D models
Delve into the history and culture of China! Research geography, inventions, or other aspects, then sculpt a symbolic di
Learn about Japan---its geography, culture, sports, and industries? Decorate a fan with symbols of the country, past or
Use ordinary wooden clothespins to create original versions of Guatemalan worry dolls. These minipeople hold important p
Display the 7 principles of Kwanzaa in a one-of-a-kind accordion window book.
Bring on the bagpipes! Gather the clan! Students create an original tartan plaid, and craft a kilt or scarf with the fab
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