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Kachina Dolls Art Lesson for Kids

Posted on January 12 2021

Kachine doll

An art lesson for kids exploring Hopi Native American Indian Culture! 

Students will explore the cultural significance of the Kachina Doll, and the role it plays in the lives of the Hopi Native American Indian Culture. Students will then create a Kachina doll drawing with a unique meaning to apply to their own life.

National Core Arts Standards:

Creating: #1, 3

Presenting/Producing: #5, 6

Responding: #8, 9

Connecting: #10, 11






Gel Crayons

DuoTip Washable Marker

Construction Paper 9 x12

White drawing paper 9 x12

Scissors, Glue

Kachina (kuh CHEE nah) dolls are a fascinating artifact of the Native American Hopi Indians. These dolls represent the wise and powerful spirits of the Hopi ancestors who are believed to visit earth to help their people live
a good life. There are hundreds of Kachinas representing everything from the power to heal, to bringing rain and flowers, to encouraging children to help with chores. The dolls are usually presented to children as gifts. Learn more about Kachina Dolls here

Now, have your students design their own Kachina doll with unique features and details that represent the purpose it would serve in their own personal lives and home.

Kachina doll sketch

1. Have students make a pencil sketch of their own Kachina on 9 x 12 white paper. What will their Kachina represent to them? Will it ward off nightmares? Remind them to use good manners? Represent a love and respect of nature?

Kachina doll sketch

2. Trace over the sketch with a black marker, creating areas of black and white geometric patterns and shapes for added contrast and effect.

Kachina doll sketch

3. Add bold color with Gel Crayons, markers, paints or oil pastels.

4. Cut out figure and mount on 9 x 12 black or colored paper.

5. Finally, add feather detail with glue.

Download the entire lesson plan, here!

Artist Biography - Janis Doukakis

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