Hojalata is the tin art made in Mexico that creates both practical and ornate objects. Mexican artisans and craftsmen draw on their imagination to mold inexpensive, readily available tin into elegant, delicate works of art. Candelabras, jewelry boxes or nativity scenes all began as flat pieces of tin, waiting for the craftsman’s touch. Often times glass, mirrors, talavera tiles or other materials are also incorporated into the design as an accent.
This traditional art form provides a wonderful opportunity for you and your students to experience the culture of Mexico in the classroom.
Here is a Hojalata variation you can do with your students!
- Begin with a flat piece of tin foil.
- Use a dull pencil to score the foil with a design.
- With scissors cut around the outline of the design to create a unique shape.
- Paint the design with bright colors.
- Let dry and then display your fine work of Mexican Art.