Milagro Silhouettes

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“Milagros” are small metal charms used in Mexico as prayer tokens or good luck talismans. The literal translation means “Miracles”. We used these symbols of faith and hope as the basis for this project. Each student created their own metal “Milagro” on aluminum tooling foil . The theme of the Milagro had to reflect a personal interest or hobby. The Milagro was fastened to a black paper silhouette of the artist, (which we traced using an overhead projector,) and was laid against a background of oil pastel color. The theme which originated with the Milagro had to be explored and continued further with the pastel work. Students were taught how to use “directional marks” with the pastel to emphasize forms in the color design, and were required to blend and mix colors as well.

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