ERIC Number: EJ707401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov-1
Reference Count: N/A
School Arts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v104 n3 p40 Nov 2004
The rooster is an important symbol in Cuban culture. It represents strength and power. It is considered a compliment for a male to be called a rooster. Jesus Rivera, a folk artist, who is best known for using Cuban symbolism in his ceramics and illustrations, visited the class described in this article. Senor Rivera described the culture of Cuba to the students while introducing Spanish vocabulary. This was an ideal opportunity to begin to learn the Spanish language. Students learned the names for all the art supplies they were using, as well as basic conversational words. After examining pictures of roosters and Cuban rooster toys, children identified the basic body shapes of the rooster. Then, using a handful of white clay, they formed the shape of the body, leaving a wide base at the bottom, instead of feet. Children were reminded to carefully mold the base so that the rooster could stand. This activity is described in this article.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Latin Americans, Art Education, Art Activities, Spanish, Latin American Culture, Cubans
Davis Publications, Inc., 50 Portland St., Worcester, MA 01608. Web site: http://www.davis-art.com.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cuba