Alejandra Diaz

Alejandra Diaz

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Visual arts

Grade Level: pre k, k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Language: english, Spanish

Regions: Capital Region

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Biography

Alejandra is a Mexican artist living Winnipeg since 2000. Decorative and Graphic Designer by trade. While in Mexico, she refined her artistic skills to transform the art of Mexican Paper Maché, into a unique art style known as Alebrijes. Her works have been displayed in various shows throughout Mexico City. Several of her pieces were commissioned by private collections in Mexico and Canada.
Alejandra has worked with people of all ages, through workshops and classes offered in her studio; “La Casa del Alebrije” and numerous art residencies in local schools.
Her mission is to create in colaboration with teachers and students unique art programs designed to nourish and encourage creativity through many different themes and mediums while incorporating the use of recycled and reused materials.

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Project Samples

ALEBRIJES

3D sculptures or incorporated into a background to produce a bas-relief effect, students will learn about the history and cultural significance of Alebrijes, colourful, fantastic and magical creatures of the imagination made from papier maché. Focusing on their creativity, through combinations of colours, animal shapes, forms, textures, and materials, students will understand the connection an artist has with their unique creative work. Finding names for their Alebrijes and completing the Certificate of Originality will draw the students into a very meaningful relationship with their artwork.

EVERYTHING PAPER MACHE PROGRAM

A program that can be tailored to compliment any curriculum program, where students will learn and master the Mexican technique of Paper Mache. Alejandra will meet with teachers to provide project ideas based on their learning units. Students will produce sculptures and/or art pieces that will reflect their creative process; from creating sketches and design concepts, to materials planning, paint colour schemes and a variety of finishes for their amazing original art!

Testimonials

This project was a huge success! All of our grade 7 and 8 students were engaged in the project. Students were excited and could not wait to work in their masks each day. Alejandra is a wonderful artist to work with, she was able to guide and assist the students into creating wonderful pieces of art. The students' masks look amazing and they are very proud of them. Our students learned valuable art skills and were able to enhance their learning in other curricular areas as well.

—Grade 7/8 teacher at Highbury School