Ojibwe Book Project

landscapeEach year 2nd grade primary students write a story with their classroom teacher(s) based on their knowledge of Ojibwe culture, history and language (based on the Seven Teachings).

Young artists with their art teacher draw the landscapes and animals needed to illustrate the book.

High School Media Art/Graphic Design students use the images to illustrate the story and design pages for a 20 page book. All work is completed according to the rubric (client’s instructions) in full color book in PhotoShop.

Books will be published and ready for sale at the “Panther Pride” night for $20 each. Funds raised will support the continuation of the book project in South Ridge School.
This project continues to be supported through ISD 2142 American Indian Student Services (AISS). The project initially began through the support of AISS who received a grant through the University of Minnesota’s Education department – Culture Based Arts Integration (CBAI) grant. The grant’s goal is to build deeper knowledge of Ojibwe culture and history by teaching and supporting teachers through personal study and critique.

Grading Rubric:

1. Page size: 10″ x 10″, 300 dpi PhotoShop document

2. Bleeds four sides

3. Page image(s) must depict the text for their assigned page. Art must have a foreground, middle ground and background – a variety of trees (birch, maple, blue spruce, balsam, etc.), ground cover, berry and flowering bushes; birds and ducks flying, animals on the ground and in the trees – approximately 20 layers. Color correct all color across pages so the book visually flows.

4. Add text over white (50% Opacity) rectangle.

5. Save a .jpg and load on to personal web page as well as course post.

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