Maps Mini-project

Oaxaca Art


Grades: 11&12


This sculpture and painting lesson is intended for the Art III level.  It covers two different artistic mediums, along an art history and geography lesson based on art in Oaxaca Mexico. Not only will students become familiar with more advanced sculpture and painting techniques, they will also research  a country that is rich culture and art history.


Students Will Be Able To:

  • Use research skills, successfully complete a mini Google map project on Oaxaca Mexico
  • Identify Mexican Folk Art
  • Recall proper clay vocabulary during classroom discussions.
  • Create an animal sculpture using air dry clay
  • Apply clay techniques to create a successful clay sculpture of an animal
  • Demonstrate their understanding of Mexican Folk art by paint their animalito in the style of Oaxaca.

New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards:

1.1.12.D.1- Students will be creating a sculpture that incorporates diverse cultural perspectives

1.2.12.A.1- Students will research the history behind Oaxaca Folk Art and how it influenced their culture throughout history.

1.3.12.D.1- Students will use their knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design to create a successful three dimensional artwork.

1.3.12.D.4-  Students will use compositional and stylistic principles of three-dimensional artworks in multiple art media.


The timeline for this project is eight 80 minute classes.  Four classes for the sculpture and drying time; and four classes for painting.


Students will start with a, Oaxaca Art Project, which is a mini Google maps project, where they will use their research skills and answer questions based on Oaxaca Mexico.  Students will type directly onto the word document and print it out when finished. An Oaxacan Art Presentation will be shown, a class discussion will be held after.

Using air-dry clay, students will choose an animal and mold it out of clay.  When dry, students will paint their animal in the artistic style of Mexican Folk Art, using Acrylic Paint.


Lesson Plan

A Student Example of a finished mini Google map project

Example of Oaxaca Mexico map project:

Map View:

Map View

Street View:

Street View

Student example of a frog:


Student example of a snake:


Student example of a duck:



Expected Outcomes:

Students will successfully complete the mini Google maps project.

Students will mold an animal using air dry clay, and successfully paint the animal in the style of Oaxaca Mexico


  • Day One: Students will go to the computer lab and work on their Google map project, filling out the answer’s on a word document, which will be printed out and handed in.  Powerpoint presentation will be shown on Oaxaca Mexico and Mexican Folk Art, class discussion will follow.
  • Day Two-Four: Students will receive a slab of clay, which they will mold their animal from.  After each class, if not finished, students will cover their clay using wet paper towel, and place in a plastic bag which they will tie up, to keep the moisture in.
  • Day Five: Students will have a day for the clay to dry out, during this time, students will research different designs and patters.  Student will create a line drawing in their sketch books, and fill it in with color and design with colored pencils.
  • Day Six-Eight: Students will paint their animal using Acrylic paint.


  • Examples will be shown
  • Bullet points instead of paragraphs for the worksheet
  • one on on guidance
  • simplify the patters and designs


Students will be graded based on their answers on the mini Google map project.

Students will be graded based on an art rubric for their sculpture.


  • Google map project- computer, printer, projector
  • Art Project- air dry clay, clay plate, paper towels, plastic bag, clay tools, acrylic paint, water cup, paint bushes

Extension Activities:

If time allows, students can continue to explore Oaxaca Mexico on Google maps.

  • Search for out door fairs
  • Search for out door vendors, where they could sell Oaxaca sculptures

A student led class critique will be held after the sculptures are finished.  Students will not only use correct critique vocabulary, but also newly acquired Mexican Folk Art terminology.