Giving my children as much information about our cultural roots is very important to me as a mother. I know that something as small as an art project can help aid me in teaching them to be proud of our Mexican culture. We recently learned about el sol y la luna (the sun and moon) through an easy project. Mexican folk art is known to showcase and tell the story of many people, as well as objects like the sun and the moon.
My grandfather was the man of stories in our family. I wish I had asked him as many questions about art from his native land as I did about the music and religious celebrations. One thing I knew he was passionate about was keeping our culture alive through religion and traditions.
This summer I pledged I’d teach my kids more about where we came from, even if it meant having to do a little research in the process.Mexican folk art was a common result in my search to learn more about where my family was from. The various forms of Mexican folk art were around my whole life without me ever realizing it. It’s present in clay pots, masks, and paintings. I quickly learned that Mexican folk art was a way our people expressed their feelings. Though their work was beautiful and their talent was apparent, they had no formal training in their art. This made for a great lesson for my kids.
I learned that Jalisco, the state my grandfather was from in Mexico, was known for a certain type of Mexican folk art from the Huichol people. I like to remember and share with my kids what my grandfather shared with me. Most importantly, I want to pass down the pride we have in our culture in our people. Mexican folk art of the Huichol people was a perfect example of what my grandfather had preached to me growing up.
Huichol art featured traditional designs of the sun, moon, and faces. This was a great concept to begin our lesson of Mexican folk art with the kids. We gathered inspiration from Mexican artist Marcos Garcia Lopez who is a Huichol native from Jalisco. His art is the perfect example of Mexican folk art. It’s bright, it tells a story, and it’s beautiful. The kids enjoyed expressing their thoughts via our paintings much like Marcos Garcia Lopez with his creations.
Learn about Mexican folk art and share it with your kids with this easy DIY project!
How do you teach your children about your family’s roots?
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