Edmonia Lewis: Native American/African American Artist

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Not Grade Specific
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A great resource for Native American and African American studies!

Edmonia Lewis was a truly unique individual. The story of her life and her success as a sculptor is quite remarkable.

As a child she lived with her Ojibwe grandmother after the death of her parents. She was raised in a traditional way. She enjoyed hunting and gathering and making baskets to sell to tourists at Niagra Falls.

With the help of her brother, she attended Oberlin College and began to study art. Oberlin was one of the first schools to accept female and black students. In this lesson students will learn more about this remarkable woman, her place in art history and explore her passion: sculpture!

Included are:

- Links to introduce Edmond to your students and expand your knowledge

- Photos to print if needed for discussing her work.

- Q & A to engage in her incredible journey

- Step-by-step instructions to build a relief sculpture of their choice

- Several options for assessment and reflection, choose what it best for your grade.

Total Pages
10 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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