Arts of Colonial America

Arts of Colonial America

Students engage in hands-on exploration of the arts and crafts of early Colonial America.

Grade 5
Content Area Social Studies
Key Benchmark

Art Form Visual Arts
Art Benchmark FFA 5.1.1 Use the principles of art and design in works of art
School Year 2009-2010
Artist Cherokee Shaner
Unit Plan

1. If You Lived In Colonial Times, Ann McGovern
2. Kids In Colonial Times, Lisa A. Wroble
3. Your Travel Guide to Colonial America, Nancy Day
4. Colonial Kids, Laurie Carlson
5. Magazine: Kids Discover: Colonial America, Stella Sands
6. Social Studies Text: People in Time and Place, Our Country
7. Curriculum guide: Art and Life in Colonial America, Museum Learning Center At the Honolulu Academy of Arts

Lesson Plans

Yarn Weaving - session I

Students cut slits in each end of an 8 x 10 piece of cardboard about ¼” apart and warp thin string through the slits so that the strings are all on one side. Then using yarn they weave an inch at the top and bottom of the cardboard.

Yarn Weaving - session II

Design principles regarding color and pattern are discussed. Then students weave the center in their choice of colors and pattern.

Yarn Weaving - session III

Students finish weaving the center, take it off the cardboard and tie the loose ends, fringe the bottom with yarn pieces and put a stick through the top for hanging.

Stitchery Sampler - session I

Students are given yarn, needles and burlap. They learn how to do a running stitch and a back stitch which they practice by creating a border around the edge of the burlap. Then students begin drawings for their center design.

Stitchery Sampler - session II

Students complete their drawings for the center of their samplers. The teacher and artist transfer the drawings onto the burlap with a marker, and students begin outlining their designs with the appropriate colors using the back stitch to create a solid line.

Stitchery Sampler - session III

Students complete the designs, using other stitches as taught (satin, chain, rug knots, etc.) where needed to add details and accents.