We are getting ready for Hispanic Heritage month? It is celebrated September the 15th through October 15th and its a time we look forward to as a family. Our Hispanic identity is something we pride ourselves with and cherish and today I would love to share some of it with you!
If you haven't heard about Hispanic Heritage month let me tell you a little bit about it. It started off as a celebration for Hispanic heritage in 1968 that used to last one week long but later was turned into a month long celebration in 1988. This month long celebration recognizes the contributions and influence/presence of the Hispanic Latino culture and community. When I think about my Hispanic culture I think about family, faith and traditions. We as a people have had a positive and enriching influence for our country ranging from famous athletes, artists and musicians to areas of government, leaders and activists, scientists and authors.
Today I'm going to focus on Artists. What I did for this Hispanic Art activity was go to our local public library and checked out some art books for my munchkin and I to look over and study. I noticed there was a kids art book where it shows kid friendly Hispanic art and gives you prompts for questions you can ask your child while looking over the various pieces. If you cant find one for children you can look for adult books and flag the art works you might want to go over that are kid friendly.
Looking at pieces of art from a variety of famous artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera was inspirational. Seeing the colors and lines and styles is amazing. My kiddo was immediately drawn towards the fun bright colors and style of many of the various artists pieces.
I showed him other fun art pieces and using my Melissa and Doug Magnetic Block kit my kiddo was able to create various art designs of his own.
Using brightly colored wooden blocks that came in various shapes he was able to create bright abstract pieces and a big variety of them.
Want to make one you can keep? put a sheet of paper on top of the magnetic surface and make a design as usual. After you have finished your design trace around the blocks and then take them off the paper. Now color in the design using some bright colors and proudly display it!
Overall Have fun! There is no wrong or right way to do this activity. With so many artists and different styles and techniques you are sure to find one that matches your childrens style.
Happy Art making and Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!
For younger children you can take this opportunity to go over colors and shapes as you used them. Eve practice tracing!
For your older children you can ask them to see how complex they can make the designs with detail. Maybe even write out a short story about what there picture is telling.
Alvina is a stay at home mom with a son who is her world. They do arts and crafts and explore the city around them. You can follow along on there journey on her blog "Theres Magic Out There". There you will find a mix of DIY crafts, kids crafts, mommy moments, city events/activities and more.