Archives for March 2016

K-2 Art Specialist with Mr. Chris

In this lesson we discussed 3D design and how forms move in and out of space.  They looked at the sculpture of Alexander Calder which was mainly comprised of colored planes.  The students imagined their sculptures being big enough to walk under.  We used cut pieces of cardboard which we put together by using scissors to make slits in pieces that were to be pushed together.  

3-5 Art Specialist w/ Mr. Chris


  These paintings are designed after the Traditional Folk Arts of the Otomi Community who live in the mountains in the Mexican state of Puebla.  They are known for producing Mexican bark paper also known as “papel Amate.” They have produced this paper for centuries.  It is made from the bark of the Jonote tree which is related to a ficus.  The bark is soaked and cooked, to make it pliable. Then it is pounded with small rectangular stones, the softened fibers are then arranged and smoothed onto tablets,  and left to dry in the sun. 
We created our own “papel Amate” using crinkled paper bag which was lightly sprayed with black ink to simulate the beautiful texture of real papel Amate.  After seeing and discussing the traditional images of the Otomi the students agreed upon a few parameters to create a distinctive Otomi look. First, leave an obvious border to frame the painted image and bright colors which were outlined in black to help with contrast.  Great job friends.

K-2 Art Specialist w  Mr. Chris

K2 Students created backgrounds for their shape creations.  They used scissors glue and crayons/markers to come up with these pieces.  They learned big art words like foreground and background.  They were very excited to share stories that went along with their creations.