of Art: St. Michael, the Archangel
Frame: Classes (45 minute periods each)
students will be able to:
this work of art as reflecting the beliefs of Mexicans
in the viceregal period.
the origins of the process in indigenous cultures of Mexico,
and how the sculpture as a whole represents European and
the process and materials used in the creation of this
work of art.
their own sculptures in a lightweight material that shows
themselves in an active pose.
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6th grade art.
Perception: a. and b.
2. Creative expression/performance: a. and c.
3. Historical cultural heritage: a. and b.
Response/evaluation: a. and b
the Work of Art
Michael appears brandishing his sword to fight the evil
angels. He wears military garb with a braided diadem around
sculpture would have been used as an object of reverence
in the rites of the Catholic Church. Being made
of very strong light material it could have been
carried in religious parades.
material used in sculpting this piece was a pulp
made from cornstalks mixed with certain natural
plant adhesives. Some parts of this sculpture are
also fashioned from colorin wood which is also porous
and lightweight. The finished piece was then painted
to provide the features for St. Michael and the
details of his armor.
Roots - See map
the religion of Catholicism was an import from Spain,
the art process used in creating this object for
the church was an art well known in Mexico before
the Spaniards arrived. Both the corn stalks used
to form the sculpture and the wood used in its structure
are native to Mexico.
to image on exhibition web site - St.
Michael, the Archangel
viewing a large image of this sculpture, the students
will describe the subject matter and discuss that subject
in its historical context.
do you think Saint Michael is about to do?
is he raising his sword?
might he be leading?
the military garb he is wearing. What element
of his grab is not traditional worn by soldiers?
will describe the elements of art: color, line, shape,
value and texture and the principles of art such as
repetition, and balance in this work of art and explain
how the use of these elements and principles contribute
to the expressive effect of this piece.
sections of the sculpture contain the most detailed
steps go into creating a sculpture?
will note the material used in creating this work of
art and discuss similar materials and how they are used
materials might you use to create this statue?
What do you think the artist used in this piece?
- How were
the natives able to produce statues that were very
light in spite of their large size?
will sketch themselves in an active pose from their
own life...running, jumping, playing tennis, etc. and
the type of outfit they wear when engaged in that activity.
will build an armature of wire 10-12 inches tall (light-
weight clothes hanger wire will work for this) and attach
it with nails to a base of wood until firm.
students will cover the armature with strips of newspaper
to complete the form to represent themselves in a physical
activity. When the work is completely formed and dried
they will paint in their features and their clothing
with tempera paint and spray over the completed work
with lacquer or shellac to preserve it.
finished pieces should be displayed in the room with
a photo of St James.
Compute the size of this sculpture in feet and inches.
Draw an outline of it in scale and compare members of
the class to it in size.
Language Arts: Write a comparison and contrast
essay comparing the clothing worn by St. Michael to contemporary
Social Studies: Research the history of soldier's
uniforms through the ages.
Science: Study and compare the composition of different
glues and adhesive substances used today to determine
if corn or other natural products are still used as forming
and adhesive substances.