Teachers Lesson Plans
Make a Parfleche: Grade 9-12
After the suggested discussion, encourage your students to research parfleches, their use, their origin, their shape, and the different motifs used by Aboriginal artists.
Encourage your students to analyze the objects and motifs they have brought in and discovered in their research. They can then cut out and assemble pieces of leather and/or suede to be used in making the parfleche.
Ask your students to think carefully about the size, dimensions and choice of material for their parfleche.
Urge your students to modify their components, use cut-outs and/or include painting, drawing and writing, cut shapes in cloth, attach components together with string, glue components together to form a new one?.
The students should next arrange the components on the outside and inside of their parfleche (ask them to analyze different options before gluing them permanently).
Signing and titling the work: give a label to each student and ask them to write on it the title of the work, the name of the artist, and the materials used to create the artwork.