This was a fun little project with my first and second graders. We discussed totem poles and I showed them pictures of some from the Pacific Northwest. We talked about the significance of the animals on them and decided to make ours native to the southwest. We listed our local animals and set out to draw them in a 'totem style'. We also decided, as a group, that 'spirit' animals would be cool, too. I have a hard time saying 'no' to creative inspiration! Do you remember the carpet tubes? I mentioned them here.
Here they are. We divided up into two 'clans' and painted them in different colored stripes.
I love love love this owl!
Here is a stack of animals ready for backing with construction paper. For sturdiness and contrast.
Two artists and their creations! Way to match your outfit Naima! We cut 'wings' out of cardboard and painted them and then assembled the whole shebang with a staple gun. Look how darling they are.
I don't like to edit art projects or make them parent perfect. This one was 'no fail' with all its bright colors, awesome animals, and fun totem theme. And don't you love the map, too! It was a Diversity Day project that the whole school did as a collaboration, with pictures from old National Geographic's representing each country and culture. I love art, I do!
Go forth! And be creative!