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Lesson: Native American Storyteller Sculptures

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Visual Arts
English Language Arts
--Creative writing



Brief Description

Students make a storyteller sculpture based on the work of Cochiti Pueblo artist Helen Cordero.


Students will

  • Look at, read and write about works of art by the Cochiti Pueblo Indians for inspiration (Reading/Writing and Social Studies/ History integration).
  • Read about the background history associated with storytellers and write about their own storyteller sculpture.
  • Choose symbols and images to express their ideas and feelings.
  • Identify and use different types of clay-building techniques such as the pinch pot, coil and additive methods.
  • Apply creative problem-solving to complete a storyteller sculpture based on the artwork of the Native American Indians.


Native American, storyteller, storytelling, sculptures, sculpting, clay, pinch pot, coil, Cochiti Pueblo, Helen Cordero

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Lesson Plan

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Lesson Plan Source

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National Standards

Visual Arts
Grades 5-8

Content Standard 1: Understanding and applying media techniques and processes
Content Standard 2: Using knowledge of structure and functions
Content Standard 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas
Content Standard 4: Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
Content Standard 5: Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others
Content Standard 6: Making connections between Visual Arts and other disciplines


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