We couldn’t resist a touch of Halloween today so the theme was haunted houses. Starting with a box the children built a cardboard structure then thought back to our texture sessions and used collage and paint to transform the walls of their buildings. Sadly we only have one non blurry photo so here is Posy’s haunted house.
The children talked about the reasons why the Aztecs made art and decorative objects and how they used human and natural forms as symbols to represent ideas about religion and war.
We then spent a while looking at Aztec motifs practising the drawing style and allowing the children to try out symbols of their own.
These were used as the centre piece of some impressive Aztec shields. For decoration we thought about the Aztec craft of feather work and looked at images of Montezuma II’s headdress made from the feathers of more than 250 Quetzal birds. The children learnt their own craft of paper feather making and added these to their shields.