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Mexico KS2 – Learn sculpture and folk art with alebrijes

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Two-page PDF lesson plan

Key Stage

KS2

Age

Years 3-6

Explore and create unique designs to open imaginations and boost geographical knowledge with this Mexico KS2 lesson plan from 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.

Mexico KS2 learning objectives

  • Learn the story of the alebrijes
  • Find out about traditional crafts and culture
  • Study the geography of Mexico
  • Try some some sculpture and paint techniques
  • Write informatively for an audience

Starter activity

Show children a piñata – you might even want to get one in the classroom. Discuss what children know about its heritage.

Show pupils a still or clip of Dante or Pepita from Coco and ask what the two things may have in common.

The alebrije (pronounced ‘a leh bree hehs’) was first envisioned by a piñata craftsman Pedro Linares. Look carefully at images and examples.

Do pupils recognise any animals within the designs? Is it a mythical beast? An animal not seen in your locality – what can pupils notice?

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