Art Studio Brings Culture, Color, and Connections
Rimonim recently completed a unit on Mexican Folk Art in the Art Studio. Their first project involved learning about Teotihuacan and the Aztecs of Ancient Mexico and their representations of the Sun and the Moon in Art. Using this theme in addition to the colors, patterns, and shapes that represent the opposing forces, the students created artworks portraying the opposing but balanced force of the Sun and Moon as depicted in Aztec art. The next project focused on the weaving patterns of the Zapotec; students replicated intricate designs and patterns on wooden sticks to create a bold, patterned sculpture without having to weave any wool!
Finally, Rimonim students explored the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos, working on large scale sugar skulls that are a signature mark of the celebration on November 1st and 2nd. The students learned about the traditional colors, foods, celebrations, and dress for this celebration of life and remembering those who have passed. The students also explored creating an offrenda, or offering table, that families build for the holiday to share memories and favorite items of those they miss. On their final catch-up day (aka "ketchup" day) to complete their projects, students viewed the film “Coco” to see many of the traditional Mexican celebrations they learned about.
Parparim has been exploring different artists in the genre of COLLAGE. The most recent art project explored Eric Carle's style of collage. He creates his own paper using paint, tissue paper, and varying patterns and textures to then turn this paper into cut pieces and shapes for his collage of characters and scenery in his picture books. Parparim has been practicing his style of making paper to create their own collage characters inspired by Eric Carle!
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