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For Young Artists: An Artist in the Family



This video segment takes young students into the home of Manuela, a little girl who moved to Kentucky from Colombia. Miriam Llamas, Manuela’s grandmother and a painter, still lives in Colombia. On a recent visit, documented here, Miriam showed Manuela some of her paintings and taught her some of the songs and dances of home. This segment was produced with a primary-level audience in mind and demonstrates the passing on of traditional cultural knowledge from one generation to the next.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to help young students better understand and appreciate the cultural traditions passed on from grandmother to granddaughter.
  • Show to spark a discussion about the relationship students have with their grandparents, older relatives, and ancestors. Do any of these older people have specific talents or lessons that they have passed on to the family?
  • Show to inspire students to create artworks that reflect something about their culture or where they live.
  • Show with the other “For Young Artists” segments and have students discuss what these cultures have in common and how they are different.
  • Use in conjunction with social studies and have students find the countries on the map and learn more about each country/culture. Ask students what they learn about people when they study their arts and cultures.


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