Folk Art Painted Box

14th October, 2021

Week 1 in the Cre8 Lab and the students are easing into the term and learning some Mexican Folk Art.

Each student has a wooden box which they have painted or stained and they will then trace a folk art pattern of their choice to decorate the lid of the box.

The students also practiced a few basic folk art strokes to get the feel of the brushes and the techniques before they started decorating the lids.

Folk art is the name given to the artistic creations that were made by peasants and indigenous people with no formal training. These items are handmade and usually have a functional purpose. Mexican folk art began around 1500 BCE and was significantly influenced by the Spanish from 1521. The use of bold colours and primitive shapes give this artform a happy and playful feel to the objects.

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