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DNGC Students Learn about Hispanic Heritage Month Through Art

DNGC student displays artwork October 13, 2020

Inspired by Hispanic Heritage Month, Ms. Diaz’s Daniel Ninth Grade art classes spent the past two weeks creating and learning about Mexican Folk Art.


Diaz’s classes created Amate Bark Paintings where they wet paper, crumbled it and spread it out, and let it dry over a weekend before creating their own brightly colored scenes of nature, mostly animals or other creatures. Amate is a type of paper produced from the bark of fig trees, and artisans often paint birds, colorful plants and animals on amate for decoration.


Also during the two-week period, Diaz’s students studied Hispanic artists, watched live drawings by Hispanic artists, and went on a virtual tour of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 through October 15 each year.


View pictures of DNGC students working on their amate paintings here.