Animals and Alter Egos
Lesson Plan

Animals and Alter Egos

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will investigate the significance of certain facial features on the Olmec Seated Figure, explore the meaning of alter ego, and create an artistic representation of themselves indicating an animal that might be their alter ego.

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Communicating With Body Language
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Communicating With Body Language

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will explore how body language and position in the Olmec Seated Figure communicates a certain tone or mood, compare the body language and position of this figure with other pieces of art, and create their own three-dimensional piece of art that conveys a selected tone or feeling

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Creating An Alter Ego
Lesson Plan

Creating An Alter Ego

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of the Olmec Seated Figure, learn about significant cultural beliefs in the Olmec civilization, and write a descriptive essay or creative short story featuring an alter ego.

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Smooth and Polished
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Smooth and Polished

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Students will explore different kinds of textures and learn how artists might have polished sculptures such as the Olmec Seated Figure. Students will also practice a polishing technique using sandpaper, then create a simple design on the smoothed surface.

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