This is the art blog for Fayston Elementary School, located in the Mad River Valley in Central Vermont. This blog is updated frequently to showcase the artwork of Fayston's students and celebrate all things creative!
As long as humans have existed, art has been an important part of social culture. Teaching children about the folk art of other cultures helps us to appreciate what people from around the world consider valuable and beautiful. It allows students to learn about new techniques and materials used in art, and displaying real examples encourages art appreciation in even the youngest students.
Today we’ll look at a traditional Mexican folk art, painted on an organic medium called “amate.” Amate (pronounced “ah-MAH-tay”) is a type of paper produced from the fibers of the bark of fig trees. Beginning in pre-Hispanic times, different indigenous groups used the amate to communicate with others. For example, the Aztecs used the amate paper to register data, or as a gift for soldiers. In today’s Mexico, the Otomí people of Central Mexico produce this paper in a way similar to its historical origins. However, now Nahua artisans paint intricate birds, colorful plants, and whimsical animals on the amate so that it can be used for decoration.
We also learned about the difference between stylized images and realistic images. Stylized images show an artist's unique, creative way of drawing something, rather than an image that looks like photograph. We looked at images of stylized birds and realistic birds. Can you tell the difference?
First and second grade artists learned about Personification, when an animal or an inanimate object takes on human characteristics. We looked at examples in art of animal personification, then students drew animals that were personified.
William Wegman's personified Weimaraners
Dogs playing poker by C.M. Coolidge
The White Rabbit from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland
Hamilton the dog snowboarding
A cheetah jumping into a foam pit
Giraffe admiring itself and getting ready for the red carpet
Stephanie the dog surfing
Owl at work drinking coffee
Mouse delivering mail on a bike
Owl wearing underwear and drinking a baby bottle
Skunk dancing in the spotlight
Cat doing a workout at a gym
Dog doing exercise outside
Bear playing baseball
Raccoon is stealing money and mouse is the police
A peacock going to school
A dog robbing a bank
Owl eating pizza
Peacock wearing a hat and a skirt because she's going to a party
A bat and a raccoon eating sandwiches, carrots and chips