The History of Body Art

June 13th, 2015 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

 

It’s Saturday, June 13, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling! 

Recommended Website:

 

Bodies of Culture

(http://penn.museum/sites/body_modification/bodmodintro.shtml)

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Do you think of the human body as a canvas? Some artists and people do. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology offers this website that explores the art of body modification in different cultures throughout the world. It includes a gallery of pictures and artifacts about body piercing, tattooing, and painting through the ages, along with interesting text explaining the history and reasons for these practices among various cultures, dating as far back as the 9th century B.C.
When you are through exploring the various art forms in body modification, you can read entries by website visitors who comment on their views of tattooing, piercing, and painting in today’s world and what it all means. You can even submit your own opinions to be considered for posting to this site.

This is one of those sites that will pique the interests of middle school ages and up, although the subject is one that many people have strong opinions about one way or the other – so parental discretion is, as always, strongly advised.

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