Exploring and creating these unique Mexican designs will open imaginations and boost geographical knowledge, says Adam Newman…
Bright, fascinating and fantastical, alebrijes were first imagined by Mexican craft maker Pedro Linares. Pupils may well have seen them in Pixar’s Coco, taking on the added role of spiritual guides.
But did you know that these incredible creations are in fact vibrant pieces of folk art?
Considering their favourite animals, pupils will have a chance to study sculpture, folk art and traditions of Mexico before producing their own ornate and vivid designs to display in a classroom exhibition.
What they’ll learn
The story of the alebrijes
Traditional crafts and culture
The geography of Mexico
Some sculpture and paint techniques
To write informatively for an audience
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