Product: Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World
Age range: K-5
From the book: Global art is an activity book filled with over 130 art ideas from around the world. Some are based on customs, some on celebrations, others on discoveries or inventions and still others on native materials used in open artistic expression. ..... The activities leave room for the artist to use imagination and exploration, keys to creativity.
Well.... quite frankly we used it to make art. We didn't have much rhyme or reason. I started the book with the brilliant idea of combining it with a 60 day study of the world through focus on the family, but that fell to the wayside when the craft we were interested in doing proved to be rather difficult. (thereby showing us the importance of understanding the levels 1-3) We still haven't completed the first attempt since it takes a lot of thinking through, but we will complete it at some point. (It's just sitting there in the back of our heads).
Each project comes with a short write up on why it was included. This section is called "did you know?" For the level one project the write up said "North America represents the "melting pot of the world," a place where people from all over the world can live together, joining in work and play and sometimes building new families whose cultures come together as one." The craft we did fit in really well with that description. The Dreamtime one told us about an artist named Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri who did Dreamtime Painting.
The book is divided into regional sections to make it easy to use for geography studies. The activities are clearly labelled as to the level they are, what type of art they are, and how much preparation is involved.
I liked using this book.
I plan to use it to actually do an art class with my homeschool group in the fall. Should be fun. :) My recommendation is, if you have a desire to add art to your geographic studies, or just like doing random art that has a learning element to it, get this book. It really is a handy book to have around and has stretched my non-artiness nicely. :)