Discover the rich artistic history of Mexico, and create and design art projects based on traditional Mexican folk arts including metalworking, pottery, weaving and paper crafts! While speaking both English and Spanish, students explore the artisanal landscape of Mexico as we travel through Oaxaca, Chiapas, Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende. We look at and consider various examples of artwork from these regions as well as their historic significance. Students then create their own artworks inspired by whimsical wooden toys known as alejibres, tin artwork or hojalata, papel picado or cut paper banners, talavera ceramics, and more! At the end of the course, we celebrate with a pinata for our friends and families to enjoy.
Katherine Bell has worked with communities in the Bay Area, South America, Minnesota and her hometown of Aspen, Colo., engaging children through art. She is currently the Children’s Program and Outreach Manager for Anderson Ranch Arts Center.
Veronica Madero grew up in Mexico and loved art workshops as a child. She spent many summers going to museums, painting and learning and has studied special effects and animation. Veronica currently makes films and lives in Carbondale, Colo.Register