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Collaged Alebrijes

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore the Mexican folk and analyze how line, shape and pattern are represented in alebrijes. They will use patterned papers to create a unique collaged alebrije.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will analyze the Mexican folk art known as alebrijes.

Students will use printmaking techniques to create patterned and colored papers.

Students will collage printed papers to their unique animal.

Students will use oil pastels to add details to the animal and background.

Teaching Strategies

  • Explain the history of Mexican folk art known as alebrijes.
  • Introduce and demonstrate how to make patterned collage paper with paint or printmaking supplies.
  • Guide students in design and creation of their own unique alebrije-inspired animal.
  • Demonstrate how to add pattern and interest around the animal once the collage is completed.

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National Standards


Create

Elaborate on an imaginative idea.

VA:Cr1.1.3a

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

VA:Cr2.1.3a

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

3.VA:Cr2.1

Combine ideas to generate an innovative idea for art-making.

5.VA:Cr1.1

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • 9” x 12” colored construction paper
  • Tempera paint & paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Oil pastels
  • Brayers and printing plates (such as gel printing plates)
  • Images of alebrijes

National Standards


Create

Elaborate on an imaginative idea.

VA:Cr1.1.3a

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

VA:Cr2.1.3a

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

3.VA:Cr2.1

Combine ideas to generate an innovative idea for art-making.

5.VA:Cr1.1

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Steps

Learn about Mexican Folk Art and Alebrijes

Discuss the role of alebrije animals in Mexican folk art. Analyze how patterns and colors are used. Brainstorm different types of animals that could be created and the messages the animals send.

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Picnic Patterns

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Nature Patterns

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What are Alebrijes?

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How to Make a Gelatin Printing Plate

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Using Oil Pastels

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