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As for Oaxacan art, I LOVE the alebrijes (painted wooden "toys"). A
man in a market in Mexico told me they are called ah-lay-bree-hays. I
have a book on them called Oaxacan Wood Carvings. They are fun, I
collect them at home. Well, my idea (haven't tried it yet, but I will
this year as soon as my wedding is over and I can enjoy life again!) is
to make these with papier mache. The guy in Mexico told me that
originally these were made from papier mache but wood carving later
became popular so that the pieces could be removed. Now, I haven't read
that info anywhere, but he seemed to be knowledgeable. He also had some
papier mache ones in his shop and they were MUCH more expensive than the
wooden ones. Anyway, I am thinking that they can sketch out what they
will do, color with Prisma then make the armature out of foil and papier
mache over it. The pieces would not be removable but I think that would
be better, especially with elementary. Of course, since you are on a
cart, you'd have to make sure you have a good drying place. If you
showed the teacher some of the pictures of the final results, I think
they'd be willing to put up with the mess. I hope this makes sense to
you. If not, let me know and I'll try to scan in some pics for you.
Don't forget to send me some egypt ideas. I will start that next week!