Friday, September 25, 2009

Mexican Mirrors


We are creating a Mexican Marketplace in our school. The 4th grade students did a fantastic job creating radial designs for their Mexican folk art mirrors. Totally terrific! Totally fun! 1.They first traced around a circle, then added fun patterns. 2.Outlined with a sharpie, colored in the shapes with construction paper crayons. 3. Added patterns onto copper tooling,(using the silver side to look like a mirror) 4. Glued down the mirror, and added sequins.

19 comments:

  1. Love these!....They're beautiful - what a super great lesson, I hope to use it someday:)

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  2. Hi there, I found you through the Crafty Crow - where have I been your blog is simply beautiful... I love all the bright funky colors and artwork!!!

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  3. I found you through the crafty crow. I just started a study of mexico with my boys for homeschooling. These are a definate on our list to do, Thanks.

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  4. These are so pretty . where would one get copper tooling ? maybe we could use old tart tins ?

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  5. Thanks all!

    Check out my flickr photostream for more photos of projects! :)

    rox - you should be able to find tooling at any craft store. You could also use tin foil, (just be care not to rip the tin foil because it is so thin.)

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  6. Oh my goodness, I never knew of construction paper crayons! I just looked them up and now I must have them :) Gorgeous mirror artwork.

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  7. I love this!! Oh how I wish I'd seen this lesson when I was doing Mexican art projects with my second graders!! I'll add it to my idea files in case I ever start teaching again.

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  8. These are fabulous!!! Did you precut the metal circles? Are the edges sharp? Thank you for sharing!

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  9. carolinacreates,

    The students received a 4 x 4 inch piece of tooling, traced around a butter lid on top, then cut out with scissors. No students were even cut, but I told them it could be sharp so be careful. After that, they used a pencil, added more designs on the border of the foil and lastly glued down the mirror with tacky glue.

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  10. These are great! I'd love to do this in class, Heck, I'd like to do this as homework :D :D

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  11. What an incredible project. These look amazing. I found you through Crafty Crow and am so glad I did. I look forward to looking around and getting aquainted with your blog.

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  12. This look great! Are they really made by children? Look greatly done!
    (Although I wouldn't call this mexican... I mean, I am mexican and I've never seen anything like this at crafts markets...)

    What´s the lesson about? Folk art? Radial design? This is something I would definatelly like to do with my kids!

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  13. Yes, I have seen suns with Mirrors on them and I have a photo of tin flowers with a mirror in the center. Maybe just local folk art?
    Yes students in the 4th grade - 9 years old created these. First they traced a circle- circumference, then added radial designs and patterns.
    Colored in with construction paper crayons and added copper tooling with more radial patterns. I have a book that shows very nice Folk art of Mexico. Very Beautiful pieces. This meets the state standards in our Art Curriculum-Cultural and Math

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  14. La Familia Natural-Check out some Mexican Tin Mirrors at this spot http://www.lafuente.com/ also check out tin ornaments you will see a lot of radial design patterns with tin and mirrors.

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  15. I'm a bit late here, but I absolutely love this! I want to be in your class. Lol. Currently, I'm in my last year of studying to teach elementary school and can't wait to use some of your ideas! (Will credit you of course.) Did you come up with all of these ideas on your own? They are stellar.

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  16. Absolutely beautiful!

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