Students design and construct a layered paper Mola modeled after the common Central American textile tradition. Construction paper Molas explore the culture of Cent=ral America, fiber craft techniques, layering of surfaces, patterning, figure ground relationship, and color interactions.
Skill and concepts addressed include cutting with scissors, cutting with x-acto knives (safety, back-up surfaces, cutting multiple sheets), patterning, geometric shapes, visual textures, layering as a design element, and decorating negative space.
This project dovetails nicely with the Social Studies Unit on Central America.
Minnesota State Educational Standards Addressed:
184.108.40.206.1 Create original two- and-three-dimensional artworks in a variety of artistic contexts.
220.127.116.11.2 Revise artworks based on the feedback of others and self-reflection and artistic intent.
18.104.22.168.1 Demonstrate the characteristics of the tools, materials and techniques of various two-and-three-dimensional media for intentional effects in original artworks.
22.214.171.124.1 Create a single, complex artwork or multiple artworks to express ideas.
126.96.36.199.1 Analyze how the elements of visual art including color, line, shape, value, form, texture and space are used in the creation of, presentation of, or response to visual artworks.
188.8.131.52.2 Analyze how the principles of visual art, such as repetition, pattern, emphasis, contrast and balance are used in the creation, presentation of, or response to visual artworks
184.108.40.206.1 Analyze and interpret a variety of visual artworks using established criteria.
220.127.116.11.2 Synthesize and express an individual view of the meaning and functions of visual art.
18.104.22.168.3 Analyze how the characteristics of Western and non-Western styles, movements, and genres in art contribute to the creation of, presentation of, or response to artworks.
22.214.171.124.1 Analyze, interpret and evaluate works of visual art by applying self-selected criteria within the traditions of the art form.