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ERIC Number: EJ789029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6463
Stack 'Em High
Coy, Mary
SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v106 n4 p22-23 Dec 2006
This article demonstrates a totem project for the author's eight-grade students. Research on totems not only deepened the author's understanding of their meaning and value within the Native American culture of the Pacific Northwest, but also made her curious about contemporary totem forms. While searching online, she came across the work of two artists, John Dahlsen and Marlene Ziegler, whose work reflects the sense of design and personal reflection she was seeking for this project. Before beginning the project, students viewed a variety of totems and other vertical sculptures (both traditional and contemporary), examined the use of space within and around the forms, and evaluated how balance was achieved within them. The major challenge for students was the balance issue, maintaining the stability of the overall form as it was built. (Contains 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A