Grade Level: all ages
Clay is a wonderful medium for all ages. It provided
an excellent way to introduce the Pacific Northwest First Nations
culture, symbols, and art to these K-6 students.
Introducing the students to the culture of
these peoples through a look and discussion of the monumental
sculptures that were created once in abundance led to a hands-on totem
segment building project. Each student created a unique totem pole
segment with clay that was then fired and later painted. The totems
were stacked and a class totem was "erected". This was such a fun
project with such great kids!