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Celebrate Semana Santa the week before Easter! Recreate glorious Guatemalan street carpets—alfombras—with an explosion of color and textures.
In Guatemala, Semana Santa, the week before Easter, is filled with parades, ceremonies, and many traditional rituals. One of the most beautiful is the creation of alfombras. These are street carpets made with flower petals, pine needles, and dyed sawdust. They cover a path for many blocks.
Parades and ceremonies take place on top of a crafted carpet of traditional emblems and national symbols including the country’s crest. Sometimes Mayan designs are created, such as the quetzal. Share photographs of alfombras in books or on the Internet with students for inspiration.
Place recycled newspaper over the art area. Students paint construction paper with Crayola® Washable Tempera making solid areas of vibrant Guatemalan flower-petal colors. Air-dry flat.
On more paper, outline designs for the alfombras with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Remember to include a border and center designs as well as unifying graphics. Choose symbols that remind you of spring and that can be easily pieced together in a paper mosaic.
With Crayola Twistables, lay down a base color, such as pine needles. Color in the designs.
Tear up or cut with Crayola Scissors the painted paper into petal shapes. Use these for the mosaic parts of the path. With Crayola School Glue, stick the pieces inside the outlines, making designs with the different colors.
With Crayola Glitter Glue, highlight the designs and outlines. Air-dry flat.
Spread glitter glue with a brush across the whole paper so it looks like colored sawdust. Air-dry flat.
Send family and friends a shiny, shimmery card for Easter. Crayola® Gel Marker colors on aluminum foil are perfect for s
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