Tortillas witha Twist


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This is a presentation about Joe Bravo and the art of Tortilla Painting presented at the 2012 TAEA Conference in San Antonio November 17, 2012.

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    1. 1. TortillasWith A TwistMary CavazosLena RodriguezGrand Prairie IndependentSchool District
    2. 2. Tortillas With a Twist Objectives: In this project students will learn about the role of the tortilla in Hispanic cultureand the art of and technique of artist Joe Bravo.
    3. 3. The Role of the Tortilla The tortillas are a major part of the Hispanic culture and diet.  They are used for tacos, enchiladas, flautas and fried for nachos. Tortillas are commonly used as eating utensils, i.e. as a plate in a tostada, holding in food as in wraps and burritos, and as a “scoop” for beans, rice, meats and much more.  They are found at festivals, celebrations and even enjoyed at restaurants.
    4. 4. About Joe Bravo In this project, students will study the artwork of Joe Bravo. Bravo’s tortillas act as the canvas for his amazing paintings. He uses every aspect of the tortilla in a creative and unique approach, turning cooked marks into eyes and ridges into snakes.
    5. 5. Tortilla Books Theis a collection of Childrens books that can encourage both reading and learning about the tortilla.
    6. 6. Lesson Preparation It is important that you introduce this project to the students using the historical references of the tortilla and where tortillas might be seen in our world today. MAKE CONNECTIONS about the PAST and PRESENT Introduce the artist aspect with examples of Joe Bravo’s work. You can use the images through this Power Point, or at Joe Bravo’s website.
    7. 7. Tortilla Preparation You can use the oven, stove or flat griddle to cook the tortilla. Once cooked, the tortillas are very brittle and fragile so you need to coat both sides with acrylic varnish. I prefer the Liquitex brand which can be found through most artsupply stores and catalogs. The varnish also makes the tortilla pliable and will resist breaking so easily. Afterthe varnish dries, they are ready for painting. The tortilla should be hard, almost leather like.
    8. 8. Lesson Plan GRADE LEVELS Kindergarten thru 12th TEKS CONNECTIONS See the Project Summary and TEKS Connections Page Social Studies – Native American or Hispanic Culture TIME PERIOD This part of the project will vary depending on thematerial and lesson preparation and how much you getinto studying the culture. For my class it took 4 – 50 minuteclasses.
    9. 9. Lesson Plan MATERIALScorn/flour tortillaspaintbrushes1 cup of wateracrylic paintssharpie/permanent marker KEY CONCEPTS/VOCABULARYTortilla, Texture, Line, Shape, Form, Color, Value andother words that might be associated with the culturebeing studied
    10. 10. Lesson Plan PROCEDURE1. After the tortillas have been prepared for the project, handout 1 tortilla to each student. You could also alter this project by have the students complete it in pairs.2. Have students notice the texture and shape of the tortilla.Some tortillas will have air pockets or will be cooked indifferent places. This will either be a challenge or advantageto their design.3. Using a permanent marker, students can draw on thetortilla. Be cautious as this will leave little room for error.
    11. 11. Lesson Plan PROCEDURE4. As the students are creating their design,encourage them to push their idea fartherand think of the culture that they areshowing on their tortilla.5. When students have completed drawingtheir design, they can use acrylic paint tocolor in their pictures.
    12. 12. Lesson Plan PROCEDURE6. After all of the areas are painted allowthe tortilla to dry.
    13. 13. Lesson PlanMODIFICATIONSThis project can be modified in several ways…  encourage students to create abstract patterns that they might see in this culture.  allow students extra time to work on the project.  assist students in drawing their design onto the tortilla.
    14. 14. Samples of ElementaryStudent Work
    15. 15. Samples ofElementaryStudent Work
    16. 16. Samples ofMiddle SchoolStudent Work 6th Grade
    17. 17. Samples ofMiddle SchoolStudent Work 7th & 8th Grade
    18. 18. Samples ofHigh SchoolStudent Work
    19. 19. Samplesof HighSchoolStudentWork
    20. 20. Contact Information MaryCavazos, Fine Arts Academy at Grand Prairie High School LenaRodriguez, Fine Arts Academy at Reagan Middle School