Native Design Coil Vase

Students will be constructing a vase that will be decorated with native designs and patterns. As with many cultures, coil containers were used as storyboards to record our history. Clay coil containers were written on with artwork, very old alphabets, and designs that have revealed a great deal about human history. These pots came in all shapes and sizes. While constructing the coil containers students are embarking on a practice that has been shared by many cultures for many purposes. Vases are versatile containers that can be used for a variety of purposes. They come in many shapes and sizes, so as you build your coils, find a shape that you like and be creative. Visit the web pages to identify a specific kind of design, and then recreate the styles and patterns that they find. Maybe your designs will reveal something about you to your classmates. This lesson will provide you with a better understanding of art and culture, as well as the time and energy it takes to create a functional pot.
Complete Lesson Plan Native Design Coil Vase (PDF)