SchoolArts Magazine

FEB 2013

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Middle School Studio Lesson Fluorescent Flora and Fauna Maddie, grade seven. Cate, grade seven. Jane Copp A ligning visual arts lessons with social studies curriculum can be a meaningful way to help students develop empathy for different cultures and art forms. Amate bark painting samples from the Otomi Indians of San Pablito, Mexico, are used in this lesson to motivate student interest in this regional form of folk painting. Amate Paintings Amate paper is made from the bark of a wild fig tree. Painting on this paper began in the 1950s and is a primary 30 February 2013 SchoolArts source of income for certain populations in Mexico. Its bright fluorescent colors and stylistic painting are appealing to middle-school students. The objectives of this lesson are to introduce students to imagery used in Mexican folk painting, to explore the concept of decorative art, and to develop and refine painting and overpainting skills. Working on Brown Paper It is helpful to have samples of this art form and visuals of bird images available in the classroom. I like to have students practice drawing and inventing stylized bird forms before applying these images to 9 x 12" (23 x 30 cm) brown construction paper. One to three birds may be composed on the paper depending on the chosen size and variety. Next, students draw a vine or treelike shape that starts near the bottom of the page and winds its way in and around the bird images. Repeating wave-like lines are drawn at the bottom to anchor the composition. Negative spaces are then filled in with stylized flowers. Along the edges of the vine, fingerlike leaf shapes are added to give the

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