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Mexican Foil Suns

September 15, 2010

4th grade students celebrated Mexico Independence Day on September 16th by creating foil sun designs.  After discussing briefly how Mexicans celebrate their country’s independence from Spain, show pictures of the beautiful ceramic clay suns from Mexico.  Students share features of the suns that catch their attention.  Show examples from the board of finished suns.  On a 6″ square piece of paper, demonstrate how to draw a sun.  I used applesauce containers to draw the circle.  Any round template will work.  Add facial details, rays and background designs.  Place paper on a 6″ square piece of two toned foil (purchased from Dick Blick), silver side facing down and lay on a magazine for padding.  Trace design with pencil.  Remove paper and trace once again, leaving foil on top of magazine.  Students turn foil over and color design on the silver side with sharpie colored markers.  I was amazed at the students’ creativity on this project.

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