ERIC Number: ED445979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Navajo Art--A Way of Life.
This curriculum unit on Navajo art consists of three lessons, each of which can stand alone or be used in conjunction with the others. Teacher and students will explore Navajo traditions in the unit and use the insight gained to create artworks that connect people to their community and natural environment. The key artworks provide the foundation upon which the Navajo art curriculum unit is based; extensive questions and answers given for each of the key artworks allow teachers and students to explore the pieces in depth. The unit's first lesson, "Weaving as a Way of Life," introduces students to Navajo culture and its artworld through weaving. In this lesson students analyze the ways design elements repeat to create patterns in Navajo weaving and make compositions based on the repetition of design elements. The unit's second lesson, "Sandpainting: Traditions of History and Healing," introduces students to the role of sandpainting in Navajo ceremonies and to the controversial use of sacred imagery in contemporary art. After learning about the sacred nature of sandpainting and its role in Navajo spiritual life, students consider the appropriateness of studying and making sandpaintings. The unit's third lesson, "Painting as Ceremony and Cultural Expression," leads students to explore the ways that Navajo artists have been influenced by their contact with the mainstream artworld. This lesson has students examine art which expresses painters' cultural and physical place in the world and make a painting expressing their own physical place in the world. The lesson plans offer resource listings--electronic, audiovisual, and print. (BT)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, Art Activities, Art Education, Cultural Context, Heritage Education, Navajo (Nation), Secondary Education, Spirituality, Student Participation, Visual Arts
Getty Center for Education in the Arts, 1875 Century Park East, Suite 2300, Los Angeles, CA 90067-2561; Web site: http://www.artsednet.getty.edu/ArtsEdNet/Resources.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Getty Center for Education in the Arts, Los Angeles, CA.