Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Art in Different Cultures

Cycles 2 in the creative arts component was all about art in different cultures. The BUGS students learned about African art, Hispanic art and Native American art. 

The sun is an important theme in Mexican and Central American arts and crafts. The Aztecs, who lived in Mexico from 1300 to 1500, carved a huge Sun Stone that functioned as a type of calendar. The Spiders got the opportunity to explore this culture and make their own Aztech Sun Gods.

The Crickets learned about an African tribe called Samburu which means "butterflies". The name was given to the tribe because of their layers of beaded-covered jewelry. The crickets made their own versions of the Samburu tribes colorful necklaces.

Beading plays a big part in African culture and artistry. The older groups learned how to make paper beads and strung together beautiful necklaces and bracelets. The paper beads where also used in making dream catchers as we explored Native American art.

  The students enjoyed learning about Guatemala and the legend of worry dolls. According to legend, Guatemalan children tell one worry to each doll when they go to bed at night and place the dolls under
their pillow. In the morning the dolls have taken their worries away.

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