Fourth Graders Bring History into Art Class During Protective Gear Unit

Fourth-graders brought history and cultural appreciation into their art class by studying and then creating protective wear with Art Teacher Julia Kunin.
They started with helmets and chest plates, then moved to shin and wrist guards, and finally created shields.⁣⁣ ⁣

⁣⁣During their shield unit, the boys viewed a slideshow of shields from around the world and discussed the diverse shapes and purposes that shields can have. They looked at examples ranging from Rio Grande Pueblo war shields to a Navajo Dream Catcher that protects users while they sleep.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣

⁣Next, the boys designed and built their own shields. Their first consideration was their shield’s use. Would it be magical, protecting them from harm with magic? Or perhaps ceremonial and used in dances or rituals? The boys then made sketches of their designs before constructing them using household items.
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