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Mexican Unit

Diego Rivera’s Mother’s Helper Art Lesson

Diego Rivera’s Mother’s Helper Art Lesson

By on Jul 30, 2012 | 15 comments

Diego Rivera is one of the most famous painters in the twentieth century. After studying in Spain and France, he returned to his homeland of Mexico. There he travelled across the country, exploring the cultures, architecture and history of the different regions. Returning to Mexico City, Diego began painting murals for which he became famous. His painting...

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Frida and Diego Art Lesson Plans

Frida and Diego Art Lesson Plans

By on Apr 13, 2011 | 0 comments

Frida Kahloand Diego Rivera are two of Mexico’s most celebrated artists.  I adore all art from Mexico. There is an element of color and composition that evokes wonderful emotions. I’m always looking for inspirational pieces to round out my art curriculum and especially showcase artists from Mexico. These two lessons feature elements of Frida and...

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Mexican Unit: Chalk Adobe

Mexican Unit: Chalk Adobe

By on Feb 25, 2011 | 21 comments

Want a quick, easy project where every student is successful? This is it! The best part about teaching art is seeing how my students respond to a new lesson. I’m not a scientist, but boy, it sure is interesting to see if my expectations line up with reality. This lesson exceeded it. Continuing with my Mexican unit, fifth graders drew adobes with colored chalk...

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Aztec Warriors

Aztec Warriors

By on Feb 21, 2011 | 5 comments

Aztec Warriors are really fun to draw. Using few supplies (black waterproof marker, colored broad tip markers and paper) my sixth graders dove straight into the drawing with a black marker. When you look at the gallery, it’s hard to believe that no pencils were involved, but they weren’t necessary. I recently discussed the pros and cons of using pencils...

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Mexican Unit: Fruit Crate Art Project

Mexican Unit: Fruit Crate Art Project

By on Feb 15, 2011 | 9 comments

Continuing with our Mexico-themed art lessons, second graders created “Market Day” fruit crates. The project took three 45-minute sessions. First session: the students created their own painted paper.  Second session: students free-cut (organic shapes) fruit and vegetables.  Third session: they created a wooden crate from brown paper, added a colorful...

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Mexican Unit: Sombrero Art Project

Mexican Unit: Sombrero Art Project

By on Feb 11, 2011 | 16 comments

My third grade classes are a creative and energetic bunch. They have a hard time sitting still. Instead of trying to reign them in, I take a different approach: offer a lesson as energetic as they are. For my Mexican Art Unit, I selected the sassy sombrero as my subject. The kids loved it and when I brought out the paints, these kids knew what to do. My art room was...

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