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A vibrant folk art tradition continues to thrive in the valley of Oaxaca, where Zapotec artists create work sought after by art-lovers and collectors. Small farming villages, nestled in the Sierra Madre mountains, bustle with the production of woodcarvings, pottery, and textiles. The explosion of color, texture, and pattern is guaranteed to capture your students' attention.
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You and your students will enjoy:
- Two complete programs make interdisciplinary learning even easier. The first program, "Oaxaca: Valley of Myth and Magic," presents the art and culture of Oaxaca, Mexico, and can be shown in an art room or regular classroom. Program length: 25 minutes. The second program, "Patterns of Color," presents a tapestry weaving lesson demonstrated by middle-school students. Program length: 15 minutes.
- Over fifty vibrant images of architecture, landscape, markets, carvings, textiles, and pottery are seen in a live and still frame video format.
- A captivating narrative introduces the traditions, daily life, beliefs, and customs of the Zapotec Indians.
- Three art activities stimulate imagination and nurture artistic expression as students create textiles, clay figures, and papier-mâché sculptures.
- Many interdisciplinary activities, including legends, proverbs, writing activities and vocabulary, are included in a reproducible student booklet.
- Aesthetic questions challenge your students to discuss contemporary issues about the role of folk art in society.
- A Teacher's Guide is included, complete with art lessons, discussion questions, vocabulary, materials lists, and assessment tools.
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