Alebrijes Art Forms By Whittier Students

These photos show the students working in art class. The students learned about “Alebrijes,” which are brightly-colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. Pedro Linares, a Mexican artist, began creating them with papier mache as a response to his dreams.

The students viewed a presentation about alejibres. They then sketched and drew their own fantastical creatures. Many students chose their favorite animal and then added an unusual element to it, such as wings, scales, claws or tails. They then turned their ideas into papier mache sculptures. The students painted them, adding brightly-colored patterns characteristic of traditional alejibres. On the final day of the unit, the students reflected on their work, writing short stories about the lives of their fantastical animals.

Author: Art Teacher Molly Cranch
Photos: Molly Cranch

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