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Learn about Latin American Painting and Art

This hands-on and interactive presentation introduces students to different styles of painting in Latin American art. The presentation reviews styles such as murals, canvas, surrealism, and alebrijes. The event will present a slideshow of images and explanation of these different artistic forms in Mexico and Latin America by looking at important painters like Diego Rivera, Fernando Botero, Salvador Dali, and local community painting styles found in alebrijes. The presentation also includes Spanish vocabulary exposure, and finishes with a creative class activity where students get to create their own Latin American painting-inspired artwork.

RELATED CONTENT AREAS: World Geography & Cultures / Visual Art / Spanish

TARGET AUDIENCE: 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade


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  • Students will be able to recognize and identify Latin American painting styles from different time periods and countries and connect these styles to different cultures.
  • Students will be able to make artistic observations about the art they see.
  • Students will be able to relate the artwork they see to other forms of art they know of (photography, sculpture, etc.) and art they like to make.



Jessica Fletcher


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