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Middle or High School Native American Inspired Art Project: Scratchboards

Grade Levels
6th - 12th, Higher Education
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41 pages
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This is a lesson I teach every year in my Introduction to Art class. It is a great way to review shading techniques, line quality, introduce a new medium (scratchboard), learn about Native American culture, and introduce symbolism into their works of art.

This lesson plan is inspired by Native American artwork and the symbolism it often carries. Students are asked to research a Native American work of art, as well as symbolic meanings of animals. From there they pull inspiration for their own scratchboard project. The lesson ends with a class critique of the scratchboards.

The lesson plan includes the big idea, essential questions, goals, supplies, resources, step-by-step implementation, national art standards, national English standards, a guiding research worksheet, critique worksheet, and a rubric.

In addition to the lesson plan, I also include the PowerPoint I use to introduce the scratchboard project. It includes information about the history of scratchboards, an artist exemplar, scratchboard techniques, review of the project requirements and steps, how to prepare a picture to convert into a scratchboard, and expectations for their grade.

This lesson is a great cross-curricular assignment between art and history.

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Total Pages
41 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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