• Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches (NCAS #2)

  • Reflect upon and assess the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others (NCAS #5)

  • Comprehend the visual arts in relation to history and cultures (NCAS #11)

Students will be able to create handmade clothes pin dolls that can give a sense of power, worth and identity. Dolls may be a reflection of self, including traditional cultural garb, or an expression of pure imagination!

Find the lesson outline here

Watch Clothespin Dolls 2 here

Age Group

Elementary School, Middle School, High School

About the creator

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Sheila Ali

Sheila Ali is the director and co-founder of the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. She holds a PA Teaching Certificate for Visual Art, a BA from Brandeis University, and an MFA in from Vermont College. For over 25 years, she has worked as an educator in places such as CMOA, PCA, Silver Eye Center for Photography, PPS and the University of Pittsburgh. Her artwork and films have been shown at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Las Vegas Museum of Modern Art, Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the Three Rivers Film Festival. Sheila has received over 25 grants for her educational programming.