By Bill Zuk and Don Bergland
Elementary and Intermediate
The program is presented in sets of images that feature both traditional artwork of Aboriginal master artists based on old and established beliefs and customs as well as innovative artwork which is recent and reflects new outlooks and perspectives. Artworks are themed for easy comparison of earlier eras and later eras within the culture. As the artworks are compared, old and new ideas, concepts and symbols are noted. While the images are inspiring and provide a foundation for Seeing and Making activities, the Art First Nations program emphasizes change. It offers a unique comparative perspective for becoming more knowledgeable about art and culture. Students acquire a newfound respect and appreciation of the native people’s rich cultural heritage and an understanding of innovation and how art and culture change over time.
A series featuring both traditional and contemporary Native North American art
- Highlights the artistic innovation of First Nations peoples in five major geographical and cultural areas of North America: Southwest, Arctic, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Northwest Coast.
- Concepts of tradition and innovation are examined through a comparative picture approach.
- Lessons incorporate history, art criticism, art appreciation and production.
- Provides students with a basis for creating their own meaningful artwork in various media.
- Assessment of student learning is addressed in each unit.
- Numerous extension activities integrate creative writing, visual and performing arts, social studies and other core subjects.
Include step-by-step lesson plans incorporating critical inquiry, hands-on activities, vocabulary, assessment, biographical and cultural information, and extension/enrichment activities.
The student Workbook develops unique problem-solving opportunities, promotes individual learning and allows students to interact directly with the masterworks. It is also an excellent assessment tool.
Each Art First Nations Kit includes:
- 20 Fine Art Reproductions 18" x 22 3/4" (45.8 cm x 56.5 cm)
- A comprehensive Teacher's Guide
- Sturdy carrying case with handle