Saturday, April 25, 2015

1st Grade "Alebrijes" (Oaxacan Wood Carvings)

First graders traveled to the Mexican state of Oaxaca to discover its beautifully carved and painted wooden sculptures called alebrijes.  A bold use of intricate patterns is especially evident in these works, so they offer the students great examples of this principle of art.  Students choose an animal tracer from my collection, trace it onto cardstock, and then fill it with any patterns of lines, shapes, and colors their imaginations can come up with.  I'll be decorating Senior Morales' door with some of these soon!

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