Compare modern culture with African tribal cultures by researching how individual and group identity are expressed through hair arrangements and other appearance norms.
Investigate the practice of hair sculpture in African tribal cultures. What other alterations of physical appearance have been practiced by native cultures? Discuss how these practices compare to the role of hair styles and other purposeful appearance alterations in your own culture.
Research contemporary artist Terry Niedzialak who creates hair montages that make statements about social conflicts (see Fiberarts, Jan/Feb 1991). Study his fiber sculpture style for ideas to use when making your own self portrait sculpture.
In the center of a piece of oak tag or poster board, use Crayola® Washable Markers to sketch a simple self-portrait. Use a mirror if it helps.
Roll coils of Crayola Model Magic, either on a flat surface or between the hands. Press some coils flat. Roll up others in cinnamon-roll fashion.
Place the coils on the sketch to create facial features and hair. With Crayola School Glue, attach the Model Magic pieces to the paper and each other. Cut the rest of the paper away with Crayola Scissors. Let the sculpture dry.
Color the portrait using Crayola Watercolors or Tempera Paint and Brushes. Or use Crayola Washable Markers and brush water over the surface. Let the sculpture dry again.
Use Crayola School Glue to embellish the face with feathers, dried flowers, or other decorative materials. Glue a paper clip to the back for a hanger.
Study voting rights then create a "Wanted" poster focusing on a famous suffragist.
Honor women who helped to shape our world. Create a place for great leaders at history’s table.
Words count! Discover the power of words in poetry such as Maya Angelou’s Life Doesn’t Frighten Me. Then create a change
Think about careers! Picture where and how you'd like to work and whom you'd like to work with.
Did the horses escape from a sunken ship? Could it have been pirates? Discover what happens on this annual pony drive, m
Focus on feelings in facial expressions as you draw in the comic book style of Roy Lichtenstein.
Plan an imaginary cruise, using maps, studying other languages, and drawing scenes from your trip.
How are elections held? What do government leaders do? Begin with a briefcase that opens up new branches of learning.
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