These are Rock Paintings - well more like Pebble Paintings. Each student designed their expressive face on paper and then painted it on the pebble. They concentrated on the eyes and mouth. The students needed to figure out how to paint the parts of the faces to make them contrast the pebble. (I gave several demos to show them how to layer the eyes to create an outline, iris and pupil - plus add a glint). I had many students start over - to paint it correctly and to "raise the bar". Too many students want to rush and get done but I needed to teach them the idea of quality. They also had to learn to paint on a small/tiny scale. The pebbles were sooo minimal - they had to hold a paint brush correctly to make finite marks.
The Fourth Grade have been learning about the mound builders. The Native Americans lived in the USA from 100 BC to 300 AD. They believed in an After Life and put riches in the mounds, including pieces of Art, like copper ornaments. Most mounds were located in Ohio with some also in Indiana, Kentucky, and Pa. The students learned to tool the metal and add a pantina.
Third Grade made radial weavings. We used lots of materials: Large yarn, 'wacky' yarn, felt, ribbon, etc. We finished with a fringe of felt. The students had fun and really like doing it. Problems included: not stringing the round disc properly, not having an odd number of string (even will not do it). Once we worked out those kinks they had a great time.
The Huichol (pronounced Wee-chol) people inhabit the most remote parts of north central Mexico. Originally intended as ceremonial offerings to the Spirits to insure a bountiful harvest, yarn paintings continue today as a testament to the whole of their religious and cultural beliefs.