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Mexican Blankets


Date: Wed Mar 17 2004 - 19:06:13 PST

Hi all-
       I just wanted to share with you the project that my third graders are
working on now because they are coming out fantastic! This project started
out as one of those off-the-top-of-my head, quick lessons...I wasn't quite
prepared for the Oaxacan animal sculptures had planned. :)

       My theme for this year is the Art of Mexico. Each grade level is
doing at least one project based on an artist or craft from Mexico. I printed out
some examples of Zapotec weavings from Mexico, and those "rainbow striped"
blankets. Students worked in groups to create 6ft murals of the blankets. They
had to enlarge the designs in proportion to the mural paper, and mix paints
to get the right colors. We learned how to blend colors together to create a
'sunset effect' on the individual stripes of the rainbow blankets. Today, I
taught them how to make tassles out of yarn to create fringe that they tied on
the bottom of their blankets. I can't wait to hang them up!

       Not only do the blankets tie in nicely with my theme for the year, but
because I have 12 of them, they will make a wonderful display for my art
show. :) Thanks for "listening" to me blabber on! :) Breanne Soviero K-5, Long