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ERIC Number: EJ746856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6463
The "Lwa" of My Life
Ellyn, Tracy
SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v105 n2 p21-23 Oct 2005
"Lwa" is the term given to spirits who are believed to act as intermediaries in the lives of Haitians. Many Haitians call upon the "lwa" daily for their problem-solving abilities. The goal of any artist is to be one with his or her own artwork. When working with young art students, this is the key to keeping them on task. For this reason, an important step in this lesson is the child's creation of his or her "lwa" concept. What aspect of the child's life is important to him? What concept would she like to focus on? Does he love sports? Does she care about world peace? Is he a technology buff? Is she a dancer? Is he a nature lover? Does she love her toy-filled room? Is he dedicated to his pets? Is she scared of the dark? Does he treasure going fishing with his dad? Whatever the theme chosen, it should be the love of his or her life. Haitian sculpture makes use of recycled materials, reflecting Haiti's dire economic conditions as the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. In this art lesson, the students are instructed to search for junk around their homes they might not have noticed before and, in the spirit of the "Lwa," create sculptures to bring form and life to their art. For analysis, the students discuss which art elements and design principles were used and why. This lesson incorporates the national standard wherein students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas. (Contains a list of 3 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Haiti