Hispanic Heritage Month: Ancient Mexico

5th grade learned about the original inhabitants of the Mexican region, called Aztecs and how Spanish explorers came and settled the land and therefore the natives came to speak the language of the explorers.

I was so excited that when I’d went to an arts festival, there were Aztec Dancers there, so I had to show the kids!

Aztec Dancers

Aztec Dancers

We spoke about how modern day archaeologists learned about these ancient cultures and among some of the artifacts they found were masks covered in turquoise and coral in the style of mosaics. Turquoise because it is native to the area, and coral because they were near water. We also discussed how before there were stores people used materials that were near them.

Then we began to create!

They cut the armature for their masks using paper plates. Then painted them.

5th grade Mosaic Masks


Then using Model Magic, they rolled it out and cut out squares to use as their tiles.

5th grade Mosaic Masks


5th grade Mosaic Masks

5th Grade Aztec Masks5th Grade Aztec Masks

5th Grade Aztec Masks5th Grade Aztec Masks



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About Ms. Luna

Here we go! Year number four! Teaching artist at Mark Twain Elementary! I started my career in 2002, in the New York City Schools as a Special Education Middle School teacher. Moving back to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, I continued teaching Special Education and also began teaching after school and summer art programs. Moving again to Houston, Texas. I have taught all levels and abilities from kindergarten to college and am very excited to be teaching here at Mark Twain! I am also a professional artist and designer that shows work worldwide. I have been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Austin Fashion Week, Houston Press, and at the Grassi Museum of the Applied Arts in Germany. I hold a Masters of Science in Special Education from Manhattan College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. I currently am teaching grades kindergarten through fifth and am an adjuct art professor at Alvin Community College.

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