The students completed a planning worksheet where they listed ideas for possible artwork. They were asked to consider everyday events in their lives as well as special occasions. It was exciting to get to know my students better as we all discussed the many activities that filled their lives. Even the everyday, such as getting ready for school or taking care of the family pets, allowed each student to gain a new perspective on who they are. There are many ways to teach this lesson by I am including the resource I found to be the most helpful.
Multicultural Education company Crizmac has their "Gente del Sol" curriculum and it is a great resource and provided these lesson objectives. It was written by multicultural expert Stevie Mack. They also have a video about the process of making amate paper and show a folk artist painting on it!
I stressed that the following criteria needed to be included in their compositions:
1. Stacking of objects and characters without an obvious ground level.
2. Many characters and objects closely place together.
3. Unusual size relationships.
4. Bright, arbitrary colors.
5. Outlining in black marker or crayon.
6. A repeating border pattern.
7. Some of the paper should be left unpainted.
similar to the authentic paintings from Mexico. The bright paint adds a unique quality to the work and the kids are also highly motivated to use it!
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