Many members of the Corps of Discovery learned to be artists on
the expedition. For instance, they drew pictures in their journals
and on the maps they created. They drew the land, plants, and
animals they saw.
also discovered the works of art created by Native Americans.
They enjoyed beautiful beadwork and paintings and pictographs
that told stories.
following activity you are an artist. You must make a buffalo
skin like the ones the Native Americans made.
Make Your Own Buffalo Robe
- JAZZ tempera paint
in assorted colors, including brown
- Large sheets of
brown kraft paper or large kraft paper bags (cut down one side
and across the bottom to open the large interior area)
- Bucket of water
- Assorted paint
- Paint trays
- Newspaper, drop
cloths, or large sheets of butcher paper
|You'll create symbols
or designs on your buffalo hide.
the work area with newspaper, drop cloths, or large sheets of
butcher paper. Tear (do not cut) the brown kraft paper into the
shape of a buffalo hide. Crumple the torn kraft paper well with
Pour one cup of brown
Jazz tempera paint into a bucket of water. Mix well. Immerse the
crumpled paper into the tinted water. Knead the paper gently but
firmly in the paint solution. When your paper is sufficiently
saturated, spread it out to dry on your covered work area.
your "hide" is dry, paint symbols or designs onto it
using various colors. Let your artwork dry.
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