Thursday, February 27, 2014

Virtual Refrigerator: Mexican Folk Art - Amate Painting

Mexican Folk Art - Amate Painting

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This is a project Kennady did related to our Social Studies this week. Amate (pronounced "ah-MAH-tay") is a type of paper produced from bark, and it can also refer to this style of art painted on that paper. In ancient times, the Aztecs used amate paper to record data or as gifts. Today, Mexican artisans paint birds, plants, and animals in whimsical designs on amate paper.

I found a few different websites with instructions for making our own version of amate art. Here is how we did it. First, we cut a large rectangle from a brown paper shopping bag, and then crumpled it up and smoothed it back out several times to "soften" its appearance. Then Kennady drew her design with a black sharpie. (Some of the instructions differed on this point, suggesting that the design be drawn with chalk first, and outlined in sharpie after painting. Either way would work fine.)
Mexican Folk Art - Amate Painting
Then Kennady painted the design using bright colored tempera paints. Traditional amate uses bright tropical colors, or almost neon colors, with white accent. Usually there is no background color.
Mexican Folk Art - Amate Painting

Mexican Folk Art - Amate Painting
Here is Kennady's final design. We will have to figure out a way to mount it for display.
Mexican Folk Art - Amate Painting
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Stefanie said...

Beautiful!! And so easy.

Kym said...

It was easy! I was surprised how quickly she got it done!

Chareen said...

Well done Kennady you did a beautiful job. I am going to feature it in this weeks Virtual Art post :)

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