Yarn painting comes from the Huichol people whose ancestral home is in the Sierra Madre mountains of western Mexico. The art form traditionally consisted of colored yarn pressed onto beeswax or resin to depict origin stories and important ceremonies. Today, yarn painting receives recognition as fine art and appears in galleries and museums.
Seventh grade students recently completed a yarn painting unit and produced a range of pieces, including self-portraits, archetypes from traditional stories, abstractions, and landscape scenes. Students learned the heritage of the art form through a presentation and video before creating their own. See samples below!
High School Ceramics
The studio continues to hum with activity—and the sound of spinning pottery wheels. Students are producing a variety of self-directed projects under the guidance of High School art teacher Nick Ryan: bowls with lids, a challah sculpture, a dish for chips and salsa, and many more. Some pieces are in progress to be featured in the upcoming High School Identity and Social Justice Art Show.
Take a sneak peek below!