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Discover the famous black pottery of New Mexico! These drawings capture both the matte and shiny surfaces of these unique pots.
Around 1919, black on black pottery was developed by a Pueblo woman named Maria Martinez, and her husband, Julian. Before they discovered this beautiful art form, they had been successful potters, creating beautiful polychrome (many colors) pottery.
Black on black pottery is still produced in the villages of San Ildefonso, where Maria Martinez lived, and Santa Clara, New Mexico. It is collected by people from all over the world because it is so beautiful.
Have students research the artwork of these two villages. This delicate pottery is made by carving designs into highly polished black pottery. These designs are left with a dull (matte) finish, which contrasts with the shiny surface. The main difference between the pottery of the two villages is the thickness of the pottery walls, with the pottery of Santa Clara being the thicker of the two.
Make similar pottery designs with a matte surface and shiny designs. To create patterns for Black on Black Pottery, cover the work area with recycled newspaper. Use black Crayola® Tempera and Paint Brushes to fill a sheet of white construction paper. Dry.
Look at examples of black on black pottery for ideas about the shapes of this pottery and the designs etched in it. Fold the painted sheet in half. Use Crayola Scissors to cut several balanced pottery shapes from the paper. The fold will be at the center of the pieces.
Open the pottery shapes. Use a silver Crayola Metallic Colored Pencil to draw authentic designs on the black pottery.
With a Crayola Glue Stick, mount each of the pottery pictures on white paper. Trim the paper very closely to the image. Glue to a colorful construction paper background. The white paper brings out the form of each piece of pottery.
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