heavy brown paper or a brown paper bag
brightly colored and/or florescent tempera paint
white tempera paint
India Ink or Black tempera paint
brushes of various sizes
1. Introduce the project by giving students background on the history
of Amate Bark Painting in Mexico.
Resources can be found on the Internet besides what I mentioned above.
Show students examples of the
authentic bark paintings.
2. Make sure students notice things in the authentic bark paintings like
the texture of the paper, the
bright colors used, the use of white, the use of a border, stylized designs,
and black outlines.
3. To simulate
the bark paper, crumple up the brown paper to create deep creases and
wrinkles in the paper.
Water down the India Ink or black temepra to a wash consistancy. Paint
the black wash over the brown
paper. The creases will trap more pigment and create the texture. Drips
and dots make the paper look more
authentic. Spread the paper out as flat as can be to dry over night on
4. Use white chalk to draw the design on the paper. Encourage student
to use similar stylized motifs,
borders, and bright colors. Then use the tempera paint to add color. Allow
to dry completely before moving to
the next step.
5. Use a black marker to outline the shapes and tighten up the design.
6. We end the lesson with a class critique discussion of the finished
This can take up to a week to complete considering the 2 drying periods
required in the process.
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