Post by Jesse Boone
As most of you know I like to expose students to other cultures through art.Â Currently my student studied the Mayan and Aztec Cultures.Â Focusing on their achievements such as the calendar, number system and glyphs.Â I took this opportunity to introduce shape and form into the studentâ€™s art vocabulary.Â We looked at various reproductions of Aztec work, discovering that the designs were not literal and very stylized.
Even though Aztec art was designed to send a message, document an event or worship the gods. Students discovered that not every shape or drawing within their art was meant to be a symbol, but rather used as decoration to complete the composition.
Students were asked to create a mural using both Aztec symbology and current symbology.Â They were also encouraged to create a symmetrical design. Â I reminded them that they were drawing a message.
In the process, students learned the difference between organic and geometric shape.Â They used shading around the shapes to create the illusion of depth.
Overall the project was a success, students learned to use pictures and symbols as forms of communications, while having fun in the process.