Pots have been around for most of recorded time. In fact, pots were used as storyboards to tell about the people in our history. Lots of cultures used hand-rolled strings of clay to make pots. The practice of constructing coil pots have been shared by many cultures for many purposes.
Animals have been a part of art for as long as painters and sculptors have painted and sculpted. Pictures and sculptures of animals have been found in caves from thousands of years ago. There are stories of mythical animals found in our constellations and in our folk tales. There are thousands of interesting animals to look at and study. Animals from Australia are different from animals in Alaska. What do they look like and how are they shaped? Find an animal and let’s make it. Educational Objectives: This lesson provides opportunities for students to: · Understand how to construct a three dimensional object using different forms in clay · Learn how to plan and assemble pieces of clay · Understand the kiln firing process · Learn how to use multiple materials to create free-standing animals · Understand the use of glazes for color and design · Explore animals
Designed by Randy Ashenfelter Dinosaurs weren’t the only living things to leave behind fossils. Scientists called paleobotanists have also been able to use plant fossils to get a better idea of what life was like in prehistoric time. Fossils also help in classifying plants based on their structure. Our fossil may have been formed when a fern branch fell into the soft mud along a riverbank. Over the course of a great number of years, the mud hardened and turned into sedimentary rock. Even though the fern is gone, its impression remains. Educational Objectives: This lesson provides opportunities for students to ·Make an “instant fossil” using leaves collected from their own environment. ·Study the fossil record and learn how fossils are formed. ·Learn about techniques that paleontologists and paleobotanists use to study fossils. ·Study Botany and understand various classifications of plant life.
Sashiko literally means "little stabs" and was used to extend the life of fabrics within the peasant class during the Edo period in Japan. The fabric was traditionally dyed a dark indigo with patterns stitched in white thread. A collection of traditional patterns was also created. What started out as a utilitarian necessity became culturally significant and the tradition was passed from generation to generation. It eventually became used for decorative purposes. Modern sashiko now uses not only the dark blue and white but a variety of different color combinations.
Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929. She was the youngest of 4 children and had a difficult childhood. Art was her way to deal with the challenges she faced throughout her life. She studied art in Japan but because of cultural restraints, she studied very ancient techniques. Yayoi longed to create outside of those boundaries, so she left home and moved to New York. There, she flourished and gained notoriety and was able to create her own art without any judgement. Her legacy continues to inspire many.