When artist Melanie Yazzie saw this object, she was inspired by the meaning behind the important action - the laboring, working, and creating to provide for the family.
Does this idea spark a lesson for your classroom?
- How could this object interest students and inspire them to create a visual representation of an action?
- How could students share about lessons, skills, and stories they have learned from their families through art, writing, or performance?
- How could you facilitate a conversation about what student see as important actions their family members provide?
TIP: Start with a list of roles or jobs that people do in your community to get students thinking about what their family members do to provide for their family.
Related Creative Activities
In this lesson, students will explore the symbols, patterns, and colors that are important to the Osage people. Students will create a t-shirt design that expresses information about their own culture and personality, and reflect upon messages communicated by their clothing design.
Students will examine the artistic characteristics of The Water Lily Pond; explain how the natural resources that appear in the painting, particularly the vegetation, correspond with the climate of France; and design and create a collage of a garden including different vegetation that corresponds with the climate of their local geographical area.