Mexican Thanks Drawing
4 Days (55 minute class)

Michigan Merit Curriculum:
C.2 Develop an idea, question, or problem that is guided by the
personal, historical, contemporary, cultural, environmental,
and/or economic contexts of the visual, performing,
or applied arts discipline.

C.3 Understand, recognize, and use the elements,
organizational principles, patterns, relationships,
techniques, skills, and applications of the visual, performing,
or applied arts discipline.

P.4 Perform, present, exhibit, publish, or demonstrate the
results of the artistic/creative process for an audience.

Objectives:
  • Students will learn about Mexican “thanks” art, ex votos, and retablos.
  • Students will create their own piece of artwork depicting what they are thankful for.
  • Students will display their artwork in the hallways.

Vocabulary Words:
Mexico, retablo, ex voto,

Preparation:
Have “I am thankful for... “ and crossword worksheet copied for each student.

Materials and Resources:
  • evaluation sheet
  • example of the project
  • examples of Mexican ex votos and retablos
  • worksheets
  • pencil
  • colored pencils
  • 12x18” rough draft paper
  • 12x18” white paper
  • colored markers

Motivation-Instruction:
  • Teacher will show example of the project.
  • The class will look at examples of Mexican ex votos and retablos.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Students will complete the “I am thankful for...” and crossword worksheet.

Procedure:

Day 1:
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Teacher will show example of the project.
  • The class will look at examples of Mexican ex votos and retablos.
  • Students will complete the “I am thankful for...” and crossword worksheet.

Day 2:
  • Students will begin drawing their rough draft of their thankful art.

Day 3:
  • Students will finish their rough draft and outline it in a dark colored marker.
  • Students will trace their rough draft onto the final paper (12x18” white paper) using a pencil.
  • Student will begin coloring their thankful picture with colored pencils.

Day 4:
  • Students will finish coloring their artwork.
  • Students may outline or add details to any areas of their artwork with colored markers.
  • Students will turn in their completed artwork.

Resources:
Lesson adapted from Jesse Rachel Cukierkorn www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/jesse-thanks.htm