Thursday, November 4, 2010
Native American Parfleche
To make the parfleche we first looked at artifacts on this website. http://www.truewestmagazine.com/photo/slideshow/?id=95&photo_id=756&pos=1 .
We looked closely at the designs, focusing on the lines, shapes, color, proportion, and balance. To create the design students were given three cardboard templates. They used a 6"X6" square to outline the perimeter of the design. They were also given a 3"X6" and a 2"x6" template to help them sub-divide their square or to use as the wished as a straight edge.
After a rough draft was approved they began their final design on a piece of crumpled brown paper. Students used crayons or colored pencils to add color to their designs. We tried to remain true to traditional colors: red, white, green, yellow and blue. Students were asked to color heavily and completely. They were instructed to continue their design onto the flap. Then holes were punched and the sides were laced up.
This project is one part of a larger classroom based unit of study. To see the parfleches and other Native American works in progress please visit the fourth grade classroom.