Teachers Lesson Plans

Make a Parfleche: Grade 9-12

Summary

After exploring various artworks, the students will experiment with the characteristics and creative potential of the work of contemporary Aboriginal artists. By making a parfleche, they will come to understand the importance that Aboriginal peoples attach to the aesthetic value of objects.

Theory:

The students will produce a parfleche that expresses their intention, using a variety of materials and tools. They will confidently use their personal, social and cultural experiences and/or their physical environment as the basis of their visual expression.

Creation:

The students will use a variety of materials and tools to produce a parfleche that expresses their intention. They will confidently use their personal, social and cultural experiences and/or their physical environment as the basis of their visual expression.

Analysis:

The students will show their understanding of the relation between art and identity and/or cultural context and of the use of materials and processes.

Cross Curriculum Links:

This lesson plan also explores the following subject areas: Canadian studies, history and geography, English.

Duration:

6 40-minute sessions

  • Session 1: discussion of the suggested work and of parfleches
  • Session 2: research, analysis of the components collected, sketches
  • Sessions 3 and 4: making a parfleche
  • Session 5: writing a description of their parfleche
  • Session 6: presentation of the artwork, discussion