• Follow directions step by step to complete the project

  • Combine a variety of materials

  • Learn about traditional Mexican art traditions and incorporate them into new works

This series of three videos will teach you three ways to make colorful art projects at home that are inspired by Mexican tradition! Make shiny tin art, craft an alebrije, or create your own Mexican folk art guitar. Check out the video to get started!

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The Colorful World of Mexican Folk Art Part II

The Colorful World of Mexican Folk Art Part III

Age Group

Elementary School

About the creator

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Alison Maria Zapata

Alison Maria Zapata is a visual artist who specializes in painting, murals, and mixed media collage. Having obtained a BA in Fine Art/Art Education at Carlow University, Alison has developed engaging, child-centered arts programming in classrooms throughout Pittsburgh’s urban and rural populations over the past twenty-two years. Alison has received art education training through The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Penn State, Lincoln Center’s Aesthetic Education, and Wolf Trap Institute. She is a resident artist in the Artists in Education program through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She was awarded participation in the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Art and Society: Brazil/U.S. Educational Partnership. Alison was awarded a teaching artist certificate from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the owner/ lead artist of Zapata Studios.