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In this curriculum, I focus my first discussion on the art of West Africa. Through this discussion, it shows how the ethnic culture of West Africa is reflected in today’s African-American culture through not only works of art, but also through everyday necessities, such as clothing. Second, my focus centers on the art of Mexico and how its art is unique, especially in particular villages established before the Spanish Conquest. Third, my focus covers the art of the Caribbean Islands, which is pertinent to such ethnic cultures as Puerto Rican, African and American Indian, and how they all have common elements.
This unit also includes three suggested lessons. These lessons are designed so that students not only have a hands-on experience, but also learn that in order to understand their own culture, they must learn about the persons and things that influenced it.
(Recommended for Art, grades 5-8)