Indian Leather Painting Lesson Plan
3 Days (55 minute class)

Michigan Merit Curriculum:
C.2 Develop an idea, question, or problem that is guided by the
personal, historical, contemporary, cultural, environmental,
and/or economic contexts of the visual, performing,
or applied arts discipline.

C.3 Understand, recognize, and use the elements,
organizational principles, patterns, relationships,
techniques, skills, and applications of the visual, performing,
or applied arts discipline.

Objectives:
  • Students will read and learn about Native Americans and their artwork, specifically story art.
  • Students will create a unique story using Indian symbols.

Vocabulary Words:
Native Americans, symbols

Preparation:
Have copies of the Indian story symbols printed out for each student. Have pieces of leather cut for each student. Bring in tree branches for frames.

Materials and Resources:
  • evaluation sheet
  • example of the project
  • copies of Indian story symbols for each student
  • rough draft/brainstorming worksheets for each student
  • variety of paint colors
  • brushes, water cups, and paper towels
  • black Sharpie markers
  • twine
  • hole punch
  • tree branches

Motivation-Instruction:
  • Teacher will show example of the project.
  • The class will look at the Indian story symbols.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Students will complete the rough draft/brainstorming worksheet (writing out their story).

Procedure:
Day 1:
  • Teacher will show example of the project.
  • The class will look at the Indian story symbols.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Students will complete the rough draft/brainstorming worksheet (writing out their story).

Day 2:
  • Students will receive their leather and draw their story onto it using the Indian story symbols.
  • Students will begin painting their story.

Day 3:
  • Students will finish painting their story.
  • Once paint is dry, students will outline their story symbols with black Sharpie marker and create a frame for their leather story painting from tree branches.

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