Multicultural arts is an important part of integrating the arts with 21st Century Skills. In addition to the 4C’s of collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking, 21st Century Skills partnership recognizes the importance of Global Awareness. The goals are to explore diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue to build understandings of other nations and cultures. Students can learn to respect cultural differences and work with people from a range of social and economic backgrounds and well as respond open mindedly to different ideas and values. As students study other cultures they can learn geography, historical traditions and values, lifestyles, economic systems as well as art forms that come out of the culture. Arts integration is a natural to culture study. Workshops are focused on the traditions, history and art forms and allow students to learn about the culture while doing an art project. They are meant to be tied to Social studies, history lessons within the curriculum as the teachers see connections.
Multicultural Arts workshops combine a specific region of the world and are tied to their history, arts, traditions and festivals. The arts projects are replicated from traditional art forms and methods but designed to be manageable, affordable and fun for the classroom. All workshops combine common core standards and arts standards. Other workshops can be developed based on school and teacher needs.
Such workshops include:
textiles such as mud cloth, adinkra print cloth and masks, Kente cloth weaving, Masai adornment and more
Art forms of Amanti bark painting, Mexican paper cuts, Mola’s of Panama, Aztec and Mayan designs, Huichol yarn paintings
Oceania Traditional Arts
Samoan and Fiji tapa cloth, Australian aboriginal dot painting, rain sticks and more
Chinese New Year
customs and art projects including dragon puppets, Chinese New Year characters, lanterns, and more.
Coast Salish Native American Culture
A historical background of the housing, food gathering, seasonal activities, life styles is presented and art projects include exploring the art forms and materials used in carving, weaving, both traditional and modern.
Teacher #2 The class I recently took was about Chinese New Year. You went through the days and activities and we used one of the Multi-Cultural books and then created out New Year. We cleaned out the classroom, made lanterns, made our red envelopes, our lion puppets and ate, ate, ate. We studied Geography and made maps and decorated the edges with Chinese symbols. The strategies for using pictures and photographs and looking for details and then summarizing the main points and evidence was very good. We also contacted the resources you gave and we got a lesson in Chinese calligraphy to make our signs. And he brought us fortune cookies. Thanks again for the arts lessons embedded with history and culture.
Teacher #3 I wanted you to come look at our masks we made from the drama and art classes. We made African tribal masks after reading the African folktales. Then the students wrote monologs as if they were hot seating those characters and performed them. Then they answered questions from the class about their characters. We did the activities to create the background of the characters and what they want and what they have to overcome. The parents got to see some of them at parent night and the other masks we had on display with students writing.
Kits for each of the above multi-cultural art projects are available with materials enough to make two projects, instructions and at least one example for $19.95-24.95 depending on project. Contact Lynda Belt at firstname.lastname@example.org or order from our Shop