Tlingit Blanket Art Project

BlanketThis is a great craft to showcase the repetitive images in Tlingit artwork. Children make a small version of these amazing blankets which look fantastic in your classroom.

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Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

Totem    Draw    Raven   NWIndians


Art Project Tutorial:

Blanket Template

Print one Tlingit Blanket template for each child.

Step 1

Print up your blanket template. You will want to use black puff paint, or any other paint that you can squeeze in small lines.

Step 2

Fold your template in half. Begin to draw your pattern with the paint, on one side of the blanket.

Step 3

Try to make a design similar to the Tlingit blankets. (look online for image examples) Don't squeeze the paint to hard or you'll end up with blobs!

Step 4

When you're finished with your design, fold your paper in half and press down.

Step 5

Open your paper to reveal your symmetrical design. Lay aside to dry. When your design is dry, cut it out an glue it to a piece of butcher paper. Leaving plenty of room at the bottom.

Step 6

Cut around the top and the edges of the butcher paper, but leave a long tail at the bottom.

Step 7

Use your scissors to cut strips from the bottom of the paper up to the design on the blanket.

All Done!

Use your scissors to cut strips from the bottom of the paper up to the design on the blanket.

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