They began by making simple black and white prints:
Finally, they created pillows by printing on felt and sewing them together using the blanket stitch.
Students viewed several examples of Mexican amate paintings. Traditional amate paper is created from tree bark. We created our own, similar, surface by distressing recycled craft paper. We studied the color palette, the decorative elements and the stylized depictions of birds and nature in the traditional paintings. 6th grade artists worked from photographs of birds to create these unique compositions.