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Bright colors! Intricate patterns! Fantasy creatures! Discover the delights of unique Oaxacan wood carvings. Decorate an imaginary animal.
Invite students to investigate the Zapotec people of Oaxaca (Wa-HAH-ka), Mexico, who craft intricate animals from copal wood. They paint their carvings with multicolored, intricate patterns. Some of these animals look real, while others are pure fantasy. Find out more about this unique art form that is practiced by just 200 families whose work is famous worldwide.
Provide students with the opportunity to discuss their research findings. Then, invite children to draw a similar animal, using a black Crayola® Fine Line Marker to outline a fantasy creature on Crayola Marker and Watercolor Pad paper. They can create it by combining several different animals into one or use imaginations to invent a new one.
Encourage students to add important details, such as eyes and a mouth. Fill the animal shape with small drawings. Use natural motifs, such as flowers or vines, as well as other patterns. Fill the whole animal with color!
Once artwork is complete, ask students to write a short paragraph describing how they determined the look of their imaginative creature. How does this artwork reflect new knowledge of the Oaxacan people?
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