Inspired by our "Go West" themed spring concert students in 3rd - 5th grade are creating their very own western america themed one point perspective landscapes! Students began by picking a song and theme: wagons, horses, steam boat, or train. Next, students created a work of art using the one point perspective method focusing on the use of a horizon line, vanishing point, scale, and repetition of objects. Each student is currently creating an original western themed foreground, middle ground, and background. These works of art will be on display as an opening reception for the spring concert.
Inspirational Western Landscape Examples
More information & student artwork to follow
Mata Ortiz is a small village in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. The village of Mata Ortiz has recently seen a revival of an ancient Mesoamerican pottery tradition. Inspired by pottery from the ancient city of Paquimé, which traded as far north as New Mexico and Arizona and throughout northern Mexico, modern potters are producing work for national and international sale. This new artistic movement is due to the efforts of Juan Quezada, the self-taught originator of modern Mata Ortiz pottery, his extended family and neighbors. Mata Ortiz pots are hand built without the use of a potter’s wheel. Shaping, polishing and painting the clay is entirely done by hand, often with brushes made from children’s hair. All materials and tools originate from supplies that are readily available locally.
Here are a view images of our featured artist Juan Quezada creating his signature hand made pottery.
Student Art Gallery: Artist of the month featured sculptures
Anthony, Taylor, & Ben's hand crafted pinch pottery.
Featured Videos & Literature:
-"The Pot That Juan Built" By Nancy Andrews- Goebel
- Making a Mata Ortiz Pot (Video)
- Juan Quezada's Website