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UNIT I

OSAGE ART & ARTISTS

  1. Art Unit-Teachers Guide

Introduction to Osage Art

Osage Seal with the word art overlayed
Grades 3-12 Visual Arts Language Arts Social Studies Reading & Writing

Students read survey of Osage traditional art forms including motifs & symbols, ribbonwork, finger-weaving, and beadwork, discuss European influences.

  1. Osage Art Booklet
  2. Osage Art Booklet Review Qs
  3. Osage Art Booklet Review Qs KEY

Osage Traditional Clothing & Symbolism - Design Activity

Osage Woman - Traditional Clothing
Osage Woman - Traditional Clothing
Osage Man - Traditional Clothing
Osage Man - Traditional Clothing
Grades 2-6 Visual Arts Language Arts Social Studies Reading & Writing

Cut-out, color & labeling activity. The students will learn about the Osage’s annual In-lon-schka Dances, and examine the special traditional clothing that is worn in them, including special meaning and symbolism in the decorative motifs and color.Students color and cut out an In-lon-schka outfit, attach to a figure, label the clothing items, then share with group & explain symbolism in their designs and color choices.

  1. Teachers Guide - Osage Traditional Clothing - Design Activity
  2. Man’s clothing poster with bilingual labels
  3. Woman’s clothing poster with bilingual labels
  4. Women’s Tops - color and cutout
  5. Women’s Skirts - color and cutout
  6. Men’s tops - color and cutout
  7. Men’s leggings - color and cutout
  8. Plain Figure - to tape on clothing and label
  9. Symbolism Motifs and Colors in Osage Art - Reference List

Ribbonwork

Osage Ribbonwork
Osage Ribbonwork
Grades 4-12 Visual Arts Language Arts Social Studies Reading & Writing

Students read background on history, process, difficulty, styles, artists, and revival of this iconic Osage art form, watch video, answer review questions.They can also complete a ribbonwork-type design to make their own bookmark (upper grades).

  1. Ribbonwork Fact sheet
  2. Ribbonwork Review Qs
  3. Ribbonwork Review Qs KEY
  4. Ribbon-work bookmark activity

Finger Weaving

Osage Fingerwoven Belt
Osage Fingerwoven Belt
Grades 4-12 Visual Arts Language Arts Social Studies Reading & Writing

Students read background on history, materials, process, uses, styles, artists, and revival of this challenging and highly-valued Osage art form, and answer review questions

  1. Finger Weaving Fact Sheet
  2. Finger Weaving Review Qs
  3. Finger Weaving Review Qs KEY

Osage Seal

Osage Seal
Osage Seal
Grades 3-12 Visual Arts Language Arts Social Studies Reading & Writing

Students read history purpose seal design, and description of each of its element and its symbolism:then complete chart of symbolism in objects and colors in the seal.

  1. Osage Seal & Artist - Fact Sheet with Review Qs
  2. Osage Seal & ArtistReview Qs KEY

Create Your Own Osage-Style Design

Grades 3-12 Visual Arts Language Arts Social Studies Reading & Writing

Students review Osage designs and art forms, and create their own design (various choices of format), then present to group explaining symbolism and purpose.

  1. Create Your Own Osage-Style Design

Osage Artists - Contemporary

Transience painting by Norman Akers, Osage
Transience, by Norman Akers, Osage
Grades 6-12 Visual Arts Language Arts Social Studies Reading & Writing

Students explore websites of various contemporary Osage artists, then focus on one artist and complete research outline on his/her work.Students examine the Osage artists’ statements about their work, research what makes an effective “Artist’s Statement,” then draft their own artist’s statement about their own work.

  1. Contemporary Osage Artists
  2. Closer Look:Researching an Osage Artist - Outline
  3. Writing an Artist’s Statement