When I saw THIS LESSON at artwithmsgram.com I knew it would be perfect for my 5th graders. Most of my students at my home school are Hispanic and many of them have relatives or are from Mexico. The real world connection made this lesson so successful! We began by talking about the town of Paracho, Mexico. We watched a few clips from this documentary and looked at pictures of the town to get some context.
Next, we reviewed intermediate colors and created painted paper with texture.
The 12×18 pieces were cut in half so students could mix and match and trade colors and textures.
I brought in my guitar and managed to stumble through Ode to Joy in an attempt to impress my 5th graders. #epicfail They were polite enough to clap haphazardly.
They used templates to cut out the shapes of their guitars. . .
And assembled everything onto black construction paper.
Strings of yarn were added as well as details with oil pastels.