History by Hand

Native Pottery Made (Simple)

The art of making Native pottery, that made by the Woodland Indians over 1,000 years ago, is not a lost art, but it is one that deserves “re-discovery.”  We’ll look at some actual local examples, learn some of the decorative techniques, and then get our hands dirty.

Participants will make a mini-pot from scratch. The pots are later fired offsite in a wood fire and delivered back to the classroom on a short follow-up visit. We’ll need at least 1 ½ hours to do the initial program and an additional 1/2 hour for the follow-up.

Suitable for upper elementary, middle, and high school.


Silhouettes Made (Simple)

Before photography came along in the 1830’s, the only way to record loved ones was by either hiring an expensive portrait painter or employing a silhouette cutter. Silhouettes were much cheaper and quicker to make and therefore “shadow cutters” much in demand. We’ll look at a number of early silhouettes and try our hand at performing the art of shadow cutting.

Our method, although true to the art form, will take a few modern day short-cuts to enable even the non-artist to successfully complete a silhouette. We’ll need at least 1 ½ hours to do the program.

Suitable for upper elementary, middle, high school, and adult groups.