|Beautiful 3rd/4th grade student examples!|
Hooray for Hispanic Heritage Month! :)
Once again this year I was asked to create an art display celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 - Oct 15)... and man was I excited to get started!
The majority of the students at my school are Hispanic... so getting to dive a bit further into the culture and it's art is especially exciting for our kids!
This year I had a ridiculous amount of ideas for projects celebrating the culture (thank you Pinterest)... but had to narrow it down.. so I went with Aztec Suns, Zapotec Weaving, and Guitars of Paracho (inspired by this pin).
To begin the project I started with my usual PowerPoint presentation (posted on slideshare) giving the students some background information before the art-making began.
We talked a bit about the economy of Mexico and attempted to figure out how Mexico could be ranked as the 2nd richest country in Latin America... and at the same time be the Latin American country with the 2nd greatest amount of poverty. The kids came up with some interesting answers... but eventually we landed on the explanation that a small group of people in Mexico own the majority of the country's wealth (making it a "rich" country) while a greater amount of the population lives in poverty (estimated at 44% of Mexicans).
Guitar making is a tradition passed down from generation to generation and is a source of income for the people of Paracho. The guitar-making also attracts a bit of tourism for the city as it hosts a Guitar Festival each year.
Next I showed my kids two clips I found on youtube which highlights the guitar-making in Paracho. The videos are in Spanish with English subtitles... but that just got my kids even more excited (since most of them speak Spanish)!!
To see the ViewPure version to show in school: http://viewpure.com/57Gc1Iy9O8g
To see the ViewPure version to show in school: http://viewpure.com/taNga23dGaQ
So inspired by the fine artisans of Paracho and the bright colors and patterns of Mexican art, we got started with our project!
|Poster I made for my kids so they could use the|
correct vocabulary when talking about their guitar.
Next I had the kids swap paper scraps so that they had paper of the opposite color scheme (to create a bright contrast) to create the sound hole, bridge, and any other details they wanted to cut and paste. Once the shape of the guitar was fully assembled, students had construction paper crayons and color stix to add any additional color or pattern they wanted.
The next day I let students choose what color "strings" (pieces of gift-wrapping ribbon) they wanted to use, gave them sequins and buttons, and then let them go to town!
I love how they turned out - so bright and colorful! I've been getting compliments about them on the daily from other teachers and students! :)
|My hallway display! :)|
|My hallway display! :)|
Here is that display:
|Aztec Sun Art|