Lawrence is the recipient of Springfield Public Schools Foundation Grant. The project title is, "Native American Art". The grant will give all students who attend Lawrence Education Center - OnlineLEC, P.R.E.P, ESL, and Adult Education - the opportunity to participate in the following workshops:
The first workshop will be an all-school assembly presented by ”Broken Walls,” the First Nation band based in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in South Eastern Ontario. The band focuses on the sounds of the indigenous peoples of North America and adds a contemporary sound as well. They also share cultural /diversity information during their presentation. Their message is one of positive peer pressure, a life of purpose, cultural diversity and prevention of youth suicide and substance abuse. Prior to the assembly, a display table of Native American jewelry, artwork, pottery, baskets, turtle purses, and featherwork will be available for the students to view and discuss. This assembly will accommodate approximately two hundred students.
The second workshop is entitled “Painting on Rocks,” will be facilitated by the Lawrence Education Center principal, Ms Kathi.Lee. This workshop explores the Native American art of painting on rock walls. The Native American Indians, who preserved their history through pictures painted on rock walls, documented history, war and hunting experiences and visions. The book titled, “ The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush,” by Tomie dePaola will be included in the workshop. The story is about a young Indian who learns to paint instead of becoming a traditional warrior. During the workshop rock painting will be used to demonstrate the basic art techniques of developing design and applying conceptual design onto stone surfaces. Ms. Lee will demonstrate the skills to the students who will, in turn, practice painting on paper and then complete the final project of painting on the stone. Each student will be provided with a one half pound round flat stone to paint and take home. The workshop will accommodate the entire student body.
The third workshop, “Creating Beadwork Designs,” will also be facilitated by the Lawrence Education Center principal, Ms. Lee. This workshop examines the Native America art of beading, including designs and styles utilized for trading, decorative purposes, and celebration of traditional ceremonial customs. The workshop will provide the students with an opportunity to incorporate their own beadwork designs into necklaces, bracelets and key chains. The materials used will be various beads, yarns and clasps. The workshop will accommodate sixty-six students who will be divided into three separate sessions.
The fourth workshop will also be facilitated by Ms. Lee. The workshop is entitled “ Native American Featherwork,” and will discuss the Native American’s use of feathers (decorative purposes, identification of a person’s tribe, status, or clan, and ceremonial and religious practices). The students will utilize feathers, symbols, alpha characters, jewels, etc to create decorative foam can holders. The workshop will accommodate the twenty-four students presently enrolled in the “Prepare Youth to Work” program, which is geared to students at high risk for dropping out due to social, economic, and academic factors. These students will create two foam cup holders. One holder will be for the student and one to give to someone who has been a positive influence in their lives.
These workshops are great opportunities for our students to learn and enjoy their educational experience. The schedule is as follows:
November 20th, 2009: The “Broken Walls” all-school assembly.
December 3rd, 2009: The “Painting on Rocks” workshop.
December 10th, 2009: The “Painting on Rocks” workshop.
December 17th, 2009: The “Painting on Rocks” workshop.
January 6th, 2010: The “Creating Beadwork Designs” workshop.
January 13th, 2010: The “Creating Beadwork Designs” workshop.
January 15th, 2010: The “Native American Featherwork” workshop.
January 20th, 2010: The “Creating Beadwork Designs” workshop.