Hats Throughout History

Grades 3-4

Art 207-05, Group 3

Names: Tracy Murphy, Kerry OfBrien, Laura Carmon, Lindsey Martin





1.      Students will learn a brief history of hats including uses and origins

2.      Students will learn that there are many types of hats for many purposes

3.      Students will learn how to create a hat from paper


Students Materials:


1.      Large white paper (As large as possible)

2.      Stapler

3.      Glue

4.      Scissors

5.      Markers

6.      Colored construction paper

7.      Decorative Materials (i.e. feathers, yarn, tissue, ribbon)

8.      Recycled Paper to cover tables         


Teacher Materials:


1.      Slides of hats throughout history

2.      Information about the history of hats and a list of their uses

3.      Examples of paper hats to make




Vikings, Sombrero, Cylinder, Thebes, and Brim




1.      Introduction

a.             Discuss a brief history of hats and their purposes

b.            Show slides of various types of hats

c.             Show an example of how to make the hat project

2.       Decorate large white paper how hat should look

3.       Roll, wrap, cut, and staple into hat shape

4.       Add on all finishing touches and decorations

5.       Closure

a.             Discuss what students learned from hat project

b.            Discuss again the uses of a hat


Suggestions and/or Comments:


1.      Make sure students understand simple ways of folding paper into cylinder hat. 

2.      Make sure they do most of artwork before the hat is folded or made. 

3.      Make sure to walk around and help students




      1. The Hat Biblefs History of Hats.


      2. Microsoft Wordfs Clip Art File


Cultural Background:


The first hat that was probably worn was an animal skin cap, to cover the head from harmful weather.

One of the earliest hats that we know was worn was shown on a wall in a tomb painting in Thebes.  It was a painting of a man wearing a straw hat.

The ancient Greeks were the first to use the idea of a brim on their hat. 

Men actually wore hats before women did.  It wasnft until the late 17th century that women began wearing the same types that men did. 

Hats began to be very decorative with things like feathers, ribbons, and flowers around the earlier part of the 19th century. 

There are so many uses and purposes for hats. 


1.                                          To show status

2.                                          Part of a uniform

3.                                          Shade from sun

4.                                          Reasons of hygiene

5.                                          Enhance height

6.                                          Protection

7.                                          Convey a message

8.                                          Head warmth

9.                                          Religious reasons

10.                                      Accessory to clothing

11.                                      Hide hair or lack of it

12.                                      To attract attention


Summary of Childrenfs Artistic Development

Third-Fourth Grade: Guidelines for Case Study Research

Dept. of Art and Art History CSU Chico


I. Third-Fourth Grade:

The Gang Age

9-12 years

The Dawning of Realism


II. Drawing Characteristics

Great awareness of details

Self conscious of own drawings

Greater awareness of physical environment

Events are characterized rather than drawn naturalistically

No understanding of shade and shadow


III. Space representation

Disappearance of base line and emergence of the plane

Overlapping of objects

Beginning of interrelationships between objects

Sky now corners down to horizon

Attempts at showing depth through size of objects


IV. Human Figure Representation

Rigid schema no longer prevails

Greater awareness of clothing details

Less exaggeration, distortion and omission of body parts to show


Body parts retain their meaning when separated

Greater stiffness of figure