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Lesson Plan

Visual Arts: Mexican Indian Yarn Painting
Subject: Art
Grade span: 2 to 8
Duration: Two to three 45-minute sessions
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Making Connections to History and Culture


This lesson is one example of how you can implement the practice of Making Connections to History and Culture. In this activity, students explore the history and culture of the Huichol Indians of Mexico through the native art of making yarn paintings to tell stories. Then students will create their own yarn paintings to tell a story from their childhood.

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