Tasha's Mexican pottery
This is a simple craft to do as part of a Mexican (Aztec) history lesson. Younger children will paint simpler images and older children or art students can make them more complex.
- scrap paper and pencil
- paper plate,
- Paint (we used brown and yellow) -- shades of black, white, brown, orange, yellow and red are all appropriate choices.
- Draw a rough design on a scrap piece of paper.
- The pottery designs usually have a geometric design around the edge (zig zags work!)
- You can use anything as your inspiration.
- The sun is a very popular image in Aztec art.
- Images from the Aztec calendar are also popular subjects --
each day of the month has its own symbol. Here are just a
few that we liked.
- Remember you need to keep the image simple enough to paint it.
- Paint your paper plate a base color (we used yellow paint for this).
- Let dry
- Note: acrylic paint dries very fast. If your children are old enough to keep it off their clothes, it's a great option. If it does get onto something, wash it out immediately... Once it dries, it is not washable.
- Use paint colours like brown or black to paint the design on your plate.
- Add a little bit of geometric design around the edge of the plate.