Alebrijes Mexican folk art These fanciful animals are exaggerated and have colorful patterns painted on them. Analyze the basic shapes and determine how that shape can be transformed into a three dimensional form. As you view these examples, consider how you can make an armature from pipe cleaners, paper and tape. You will then cover this armature with plaster gauze and finally paint the creatures. Papier Mache Alebrijes Oaxacan wood carvers borrow and Rabbit-symbol of the moon improvise themes and motifs from Turtles-associated with musicand as their shells their rich Zapotec Mixtec were used as instruments. Toads-having 20heritage. digits just like humans these amphibians are seen in early Olmec art as giving birth to kings. Jaguar-by far the most revered beast in all ancient Mesoamerican cultures. Butterfly-associated with fire and war, the butterfly is thought to be the soul of dead warriors in Zapotec and Mixtec cultures. Examples of carved Alebrijes While you’re viewing these examples, practice drawing some of them using basic shapes. The crocodile’s hard ridged surface and aquatic domain associated them with the concept of the earth floating over the sea. You are to sketch several alebrije designs before your Your designs should use the design studio class. principles of exaggeration and pattern. They should look “fanciful”. Choose an animal that you like and decide what basic shapes can be used to make the animal. Think of ways to exaggerate some features of the animal. Ask yourself, “What would happen if I.....”(stretched, shrunk or enlarged the ...nose, paws, head etc.) What if I added... wings, scales, feathers, legs, etc.