Native Americans

This summer school was based on Native American art and culture and the focus was to produce a teepee and a katchina doll by the end of the course. The children ranged in age from eight to fourteen and it was brilliant to see the interaction and support they gave each other.

We used all sorts of materials and created three dimensional pieces. The children learnt new skills including fabric painting, clay modelling and how to create a mixed media booklet reflecting the work they had done.

They studied design and looked at lots of images of Native American pattern work in order to create their pieces. Research included the origin of katchina dolls and stories from Native America which they interpreted into visual stories for their teepees.