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Laura Strother - Visual Artist

The Art of Mexican Paper Flowers (on campus, after school)

Time Frames
After School, Summer, Weekend
Residency, On Campus Professional Development, Off Campus Professional Development, On Campus Program
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Community/Fam., Talented/Gifted, Special Ed


Paper flowers are a folk art that have traditionally been made and used to decorate churches, altars, tombs, and celebrations such as weddings, quinceaneras, and Day of the Dead festivities all throughout Mexico. The class will start with a brief history of the art form and its cultural significance and move to students having a hands-on experience making flowers with colored tissue paper. Class starts out making a basic flower, then moves more advanced flower making by adding cutting techniques, details, and more layering. Students have the option of making one flower or several to make a bouquet to take home. This class is very flexible with time and attendendance. New students can attend after the first class or hour has started.

Students Will

  • learn about history of paper flowers
  • learn about folkart and its cultural significance
  • will learn how to make flowers different through color selection, cutting techniques, and adding leaf detail
  • have a project to take home after one class
  • have the option to make several projects
  • LITERACY CONNECTION:Cinco De Mayo (Circle the Year With Holidays) by Janet Riehecky, ISBN:978-0516406817


Dates: Available Fall 2017 and Spring/ Summer 2018, Mon-Fri
Times: After school hours 3-6pm.
Duration: 2 hours
School Fee: $140 for two hours, includes all materials for a max of 60 students. Additional students are $3 per student.
Minimum Attendance: 4
Maximum Attendance: 30
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs: There are no special classroom requirements.
Other Information:

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: Please contact Laura Strother at 214-632-2882 or at [email protected] to book programs. Please be sure to include your name, school, and site coordinator's name along with a phone number. Please indicate the best way to get in touch with you during the school day.
Deadline: Bookings MUST be made at least two weeks before
Cancellation Policy: A Program is considered booked after an email confirmation is received from Laura Strother. Any cancellation must be made two weeks prior to start date or risk paying the full fee of the class. Laura will work with you to reschedule dates based on her availability. Please check your desired dates with the district's master calendar for any possible conflicts or testing dates that might interfere with your program.
After School Policy: A teacher or school representative must remain in the classroom during afterschool program at all times to enforce attendance and/or school policies. Laura Strother is not responsible for signing students out, attendance, or discipline of any kind. Students who fail to show up for one or several dates, run the risk of not completing a project and may not have finished artwork to take home.

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