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General Aztecs Maya Tocuaro Kids Contact 28 Mar 2017/2 Flint
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Aztec Displays in Schools

We’re happy to show here a selection of photo’s taken in primary schools around England showing their displays/work in progress on the topic of the Aztecs, that we’ve snapped on recent visits to the schools. Click the links alongside to go the various pages. At the bottom of this page are some items that we’ve found in our ‘archives’.

Summer school project work on the Aztecs, Templo Mayor Museum
Summer school project work on the Aztecs, Templo Mayor Museum (Click on image to enlarge)

Forgive us if some of the images on some pages aren’t displayed to best effect: time isn’t always on our side... You could always start by enlarging the main photo above: would you have thought this was actually work produced by CHILDREN (at St. Christopher’s School, Beckenham, Kent)?!

Junior work on codices, Wexford School, Querétaro
Junior work on codices, Wexford School, Querétaro (Click on image to enlarge)

How about kids’ displays in Mexico...? We’re delighted to be able to show you some examples of children’s work on the Aztecs in Mexico. This is the beginning of a proposed programme of collaboration between Mexicolore and the Templo Mayor Education Service, Mexico City...

Our aim is to showcase children’s work on the Aztecs - and pre-Hispanic Mexico generally - from both sides of the Atlantic: watch this space...!

Summer school project work on the Aztecs, Templo Mayor Museum
Summer school project work on the Aztecs, Templo Mayor Museum (Click on image to enlarge)

...Or a facsimile codex exhibition if you happen to teach in France?
Our good friend Jean-Olivier Saiz, a teacher of Spanish in France, has put a great deal of work into mounting travelling exhibitions in France of pre-Hispanic Mexican codices (follow link below)

Jean-Olivier Saiz with his exhibition of Mexican codices; Jean-Olivier teaches Spanish at the Lycée Fourier in Auxerre
Jean-Olivier Saiz with his exhibition of Mexican codices; Jean-Olivier teaches Spanish at the Lycée Fourier in Auxerre (Click on image to enlarge)

If anyone should know of, or come across, an interesting example of public displays - by children or adults - of Aztec (or pre-Hispanic Mexican in general) art(efacts)/artwork, in any country of the world, please get in touch with Mexicolore and we will consider adding them to these pages.

Mexicolore at Sir John Sherbrooke Junior School, Calverton, Nottingham
Mexicolore at Sir John Sherbrooke Junior School, Calverton, Nottingham (Click on image to enlarge)

Mundi
Click (top right) to see wonderful examples of artwork produced by schools in Nottingham taking part in the ‘Háblame’ project linking primaries in Notts with partners in Coahuila, northern Mexico; learn more about the project in our feature (follow link below)

Sharing ideas
We’re delighted that several teachers are starting to get ideas for their displays from examples we’ve posted on these pages; a lovely case in point is Kettlefield Primary in Dullingham, Suffolk (see their displays - follow link below): never having tackled the Aztecs before, Lis Lapthorn and her team began with the idea of adapting the exceptional mural at Icknield Junior in Luton (cf). They haven’t looked back ... Congratulations, Lis!

Impressive Aztec costumes at an unknown school
Impressive Aztec costumes at an unknown school (Click on image to enlarge)

Archives
The first image is truly anonymous. It’s a photo of some quite impressive Aztec costume items (specially the headdresses!) but we’ve no note of the school where it was taken! It’s likely to be from the early 1990s/ If anyone recognises it, please let us know ... (click to enlarge)

Daniel Triffitt’s drawing of the Aztec Sunstone
Daniel Triffitt’s drawing of the Aztec Sunstone (Click on image to enlarge)

We think this unusually fine line drawing of the Aztec Sunstone was made by Daniel Triffitt of Great Coates Primary School, Grimsby, back in 1997 when he was 11. Great work, Daniel.

The Mundi Háblame Project

Kettlefield CP School, Newmarket: Aztec displays

Exposition de Codex Aztèques et Mayas

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