Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Picturing America: Pottery and Baskets and Mission Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion

For our first co-op, we studied the Pottery and Baskets: c. 1100 - c. 1960 print and the Mission Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion, 1775. These are 1a and 1b in the gallery. If you go to their website, you'll see that they have a lot of resource links for this.

You could go a lot of different directions with this. What we focused on were the similarities and differences between the different art pieces- specifically the Anasazi Cylinder Jars and the Sikyatki Bowl.

We talked about geometric shapes, cliff dwellings, what you can make bowls and jars out of, and how to harden them. We discussed the concept of trade versus money, and talked about the impact that the white man had on the Native American civilization in relation to trade.

We then discussed the the Mission Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion.  Here, we talked about adobe, the reasons for Spanish expansion, the part missions played, and why Indians might have wanted to convert.  We talked about the architecture of the mission, and its similarities to the grounds of a castle.  We talked about the artwork in the mission, specifically the painting in the dome.

After we finished our discussion, which was admittedly short (we have a lot of young children in our co-op), we did some art work. We painted bowls.

Here is what we did. I bought paper bowls, paint, brushes, etc. The kids painted the insides of the bowls to mimic the artwork done by the Anasazi (which was technically on the outside, but we were looking at the geometric shapes, here), the nature related artwork of the Sikyatki, or the sun inside the dome of the mission.

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