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Las Guitarras de Paracho


When I saw THIS LESSON at 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.

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They used templates to cut out the shapes of their guitars. . .

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And assembled everything onto black construction paper.


Strings of yarn were added as well as details with oil pastels.


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Rock On!




Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

5 thoughts on “Las Guitarras de Paracho

  1. I wish I’d had an art teacher like you! Where did you get that shirt? I want it.

  2. Such incredible potential for thinking based on the inspiration for this lesson. Big concepts like: how the global market impacts people, how what we produce develops a sense of place, or the things that develop community pride. How could your lesson be modified, next year, to be about one of these things?

    • During our discussions the topics of community and sense of place were definitely touched upon, I even had one student who’s mother is from Paracho! I like the idea of community pride — next year I will be sure to develop that conversation further with my students. Thank you for the feedback and ideas!

  3. Pingback: Guitars in Grade 2 | Please Don't Eat the Artwork

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