Thursday, May 5, 2011

Viva Mexico!

We celebrated Cinco de Mayo in the studio this week by creating Amate Bark Paintings.

Amate bark paper goes back as far as the Aztec Empire and has remained in the Puebla and northern Veracruz states until current times.

I prepped our "bark" paper (grocery bags) by spraying them with coffee and drying them in the sun.

The kids tore the edges of their "bark" and planned their pieces by looking at traditional paintings.

We used tempra paints then dried them back in the hot sun.

We discussed repetition, symbolism and using what is around you to make art.

The last thing we did was take a Sharpie, adding details and accentuating the positive.

1 comment:

  1. The art work is so, so good. I am sure the parents are delighted because the children certainly are/