- Students use the Folk Art Analysis Worksheet to continue to analyze Brazilian Folk Art and to identify characteristics of folk art.
- Continuing to use the worksheet, students record their own daily activities over the last few days. This can be assigned as homework or as a classroom assignment as time permits.
- Using the Internet, news magazines and/or their own cameras, students collect images of everyday life and of significant events in contemporary America. Students share images and brainstorm possible tableaus. Alternatively, the teacher could collect images and provide them to the students.
- Students select an activity to depict in small-scale (6” x 6”x6”) ceramic sculpture. Students sketch ideas for tableau and refine design before beginning construction in clay.
- Students construct small-scale ceramic sculpture using sculptural techniques. A demonstration by the teacher of various sculptural techniques is recommended, with emphasis on the strengths and limits of clay as a sculptural medium. Students should know how to join clay pieces using scoring, slip, pressure and reinforcing coils. They should also understand the brittle nature of clay and the need to avoid long thin extensions of clay. Students should be encouraged to create figures in their own style, which can range from realistic to cartoonish to stylized. Students can be reminded that folk art is produced by artists with little to no formal training. Numerous details should be included to clearly communicate the event being depicted and what that event looks like today. The tableaus should become a documentation of an aspect of American culture.
Extending the lesson:
- Students exchange their work with other art classes or with writing or history class. Students view sculptures and write an informative essay describing the same activity.
- Students research folk art from the United States. Students compare and contrast Brazilian culture of the colonial period with US culture from the same time period.
- Students create a Power Point Presentation depicting their completed tableau and comparing and contrasting it to a Brazilian folk art tableau dealing with a similar activity.