*Videos: The Sources of Art. Rufino Tamayo, (VHS) 28 mins.
* When assisting students in planning designs, refer to Designs Motifs of Ancient Mexico by Jorge Encisco.
* *Another resource includes Art from Many Hands by Jo Miles Schuman.
Additional Standards Addressed:
Performance Standards 1.2
Students will select and analyze what makes media, technique and process effective in creating works of art that successfully communicate their own feeling and ideas.
a. Students will understand and use all art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.
b. Students will test and experiment with media techniques on a planning paper to explore the range of possible effects.
Performance Standard 5.2
Students will through analysis, gain insight and understanding of the meaning, and purpose, content and process of the art works.
a. Students will identify the intentions of those creating artwork, explore the implications of various purposes in particular works.
Amate, motif, technique.
Materials for Activity:
Brown roll paper (Craft or Wrapping paper)
(Brown paper bags can also be used very successfully)
Design Motifs of Mexico
Students will select a design that will be used for their cutout. (The designs that are frequently used use human forms (that sometimes represent spirits and also reflect elements of nature, agricultural plants, domestic and wild animals, and birds. These designs can be taken form Jorge Encisco=ðs Design and Motif of Ancient Mexico.) The emphasis should be on decorative designs rather than realism.
Brown paper should be cut to approximately 9x12 and folded in half. Using the center of the paper students will use their pencils and draw in half the form of a bird, animal, person or any other shape hat relates to Mexico.
After design is drawn out on folded paper, the design should be cutout while he paper is still folded in half. Design should be opened up once it is cut out and crumpled carefully and thoroughly to form irregular patterns on the paper.
Carefully open design again, place the design between two 9x12 sheets of wax paper, and iron the design.
A second application of wax paper may be needed to deepen the colors of the paper and bring out the design.
Apply white glue very sparingly to one side of the cutout and mount it on white cardboard or paper.
(cardboard or white mounting paper size should be 12x16)