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The Art of The African Wrap Doll (6-8)

Last changed: 08/16/2021 4:54pm
6 , 7 , 8
Visual Art Social Studies
Grade Level Program Alignment
1 90 min
In-School Workshop This program can be also taught remotely. Kits can be sent to school prior to workshop and instructed via zoom, Facebook or google
All year In-School,
$10 0
no Email , Phone
All items - art supplies, glue, scissors, fabric, bottles, cd’s, feathers, shells, caps, buttons, found items, tablecloths, newspaper.
Table for work Area, desk & chair for students, electrical outlet, Parking on school grounds for unloading****
Programs should take place in individual classrooms, with one table w/ electrical outlet access for supplies
**Hot Glue station is set up in classroom. we assign one staff at glue station.
I can understand the rich cultural tradition behind the African wrap doll.
I can repurpose used materials to create works of art using African American tradition
I can feel greater self confidence through learning about African American traditions.
I can respect my peers more with knowledge of our differing traditions.
I can talk to my peers about the importance of the past and how it influences the present.
This 90 minute workshop is based on the 18th century traditional wrap doll art form rooted in African American culture. Students are taught the basic techniques necessary to create their own three dimensional characters. This modern adaptation of the art form challenges the students to think outside of the box during the design and construction based on the recyclable materials provided. During the program, the teaching artists lead discussions on the environment, bullying, art history or African American culture based on the needs of the teacher/students.
We travel from Mansfield, MA (1.5 hours of travel). Because of this, our preference is to work with all classes on same day.
We also pre book snow days for all winter workshops .
We are readily accessible by office and cell phone.
This is a great program for volunteers. It provides an opportunity for dialogue between students and caretakers to discuss difficult topics. Volunteers can assist with encouraging students to think outside of box.

Grade 6

Grade 6: Geography: Human-Environment Interaction: Places, Regions, and Culture: GEO 6–7.3- Explain how cultural patterns and economic decisions influence environments and the daily lives of people.
Grade 6: Visual Arts: Creating: Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work

Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design

Grade 6: Visual Arts: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Analyze how art reflects changing times, traditions, resources, and cultural uses.

Grade 7

Grade 7: Geography: Human-Environment Interaction: Places, Regions, and Culture: GEO 6–7.3- Explain how cultural patterns and economic decisions influence environments and the daily lives of people.




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Grade 7: Visual Arts: Creating: Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.

Grade 7: Visual Arts: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Analyze how response to art is influenced by understanding the time and place in which it was created, the available resources, and cultural uses.

Grade 8

Grade 8: Civics: Perspectives: Civ 8.4 - Compare historical and contemporary means of changing societies and promoting common good.
Grade 8: Visual Arts: Creating: Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art-making or designing.





Grade 8: Visual Arts: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Distinguish different ways art is used to represent, establish, reinforce, and reflect group identity.