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April 19, 2013

Make wax resist dragon flies - My home school art class consists of children ages 8 to 12.  These babes come to the Museum to create art. I am there to guide them and provide materials to facilitate their output of creativity. This week I showed them how to draw butterflies and dragonflies by beginning with a large letter x and building from there. After they were drawn, we outlined them in crayon. Next we put the first color over the paper (yellow or pink). We then colored more of the butterfly with a clear wax crayon. We followed that with more layers of watercolors. You can see that some of the crayon resisted the original color from being touched and is visible through the blue or darker washes.  This is a similar technique to batik on cloth. I love the texture of these paintings. The children were very proud of their results. They had great fun painting all of the beautiful colors over their drawings. It was kind of like magic.

Below are their paintings.

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April 13, 2013

Make Mexican Amate paintings - This was the last day of art class for the teenagers/seniors combined class. I wanted to end the class with a POW. I have been wanting to do Mexican “Amate” Paintings and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.  “Amate” is the name of a paper that the natives of Mexico made to paint on. They would create this paper from the bark of the fig tree. It was then burned as a sacrifice to the gods. Today the paper continues to be used for religious as well as  for commercial purposes.  Click this link to learn more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amate. I explained to the class the history of the paper and then showed some examples of the art form. I gave them brown paper and had them tear it on all sides to resemble the ragged edge of the “Amate” paper. We then drew our designs in chalk. I asked them to identify some of the characteristics of the “Amate” paintings. They noticed the black outline, the bright colors, the simple shapes and the use of...

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