Colourful Displays – A Mexican Marketplace 1

Just look at these stunning classroom displays based on a Mexican market from Classroom Displays group member Painted Paper . Aren’t they amazing?

The colours  of the children’s work are so vibrant they just jump off the walls at you.

The work has been sympathetically displayed and carefully mounted.

Whilst at first glace, there seem to be lots of clashing colours, the colour palette the children have worked with has been chosen with great care. They’ve actually worked with a quite limited range of clear unmixed, mostly hot colours which adds to the Mexican folk art theme. Where the children have used blue it is a warmish blue with a tinge of red.

The hot colours of the work have been mounted on either a neutral black or on a coolish blue.  Lettering has been kept to a minimum and done in a dark blue.

The colours of the mounts round individual pictures have been picked out from the colours of the work so they add to rather than distract from the impact of the designs.  Individual work hasn’t got name labels and looks less busy than it might otherwise. This is a thorny subject in some schools where school display policy dictates that all work must be labeled.

Positioning Colourful Classroom Displays

I think you’d have to position this set of displays very carefully, ideally in the corridors or perhaps a shared area like the hall. It might be a little too distracting to have to compete for attention with all this energy!

If your appetite has been whetted and you want to see more just have a look at the  slide show below. Watch carefully and you’ll see a wide variety of ideas that you can adapt.

If you can’t view the slideshow here’s the link to the flickr set – A Mexican Marketplace



Adapting the display ideas

These displays are mostly art based but it would be easy to tie them in with written work about Mexico, poetry, stories  creative writing topics

If Mexico isn’t going to feature in your coming year why not adapt the display ideas for the year 6  Peru unit?

There’s lots of inspiration in these displays that could easily be used for other units too.  This house display might be adapted for a unit on habitations, or even street scenes.

How else might you use these ideas? Do leave a comment and let me know.

About Linda Hartley

Hi, I enjoy helping teachers to make their classrooms into interesting visual learning environments. I write most of this site and I also run the Classroom Displays online course which you can find out more about in the sidebar.

One thought on “Colourful Displays – A Mexican Marketplace

  • Jules

    I love the vibrant colours and variety of techniques used in these wonderful works of art!
    I am just about to start an art project based on Mexico with my 6 and 7 yr olds and would love to use some of the techniques shown in the pictures.
    Where any particular Artists or pictures used as a starting point?
    Are their any plans or video demo’s of how they were achieved?
    Any information would be gratefully received.

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