Oaxacan Market WomenPosted by Krissy Ponden
The fifth grade has been learning about the folk art of Oaxaca, Mexico, a region known for its rich culture and vibrantly colorful crafts. We studied the work of Josefina Aguilar, an artisan who creates detailed clay figures inspired by the women she sees in the local markets. Using ceramic techniques similar to Josefina’s, the students sculpted their own market figures and added intricate elements such braids and baskets full of fruit or animals. Some students chose instead to create “calacas,” or skeletons traditionally crafted to honor the Days of the Dead. I am always impressed to see the incredible success the students achieve with this project; their work truly captures the vibrancy of Oaxacan folk art!
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