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Students learn about the history and culture of Mexico and its
people through the art of the mask. Learning activities center around the
story of the flag of Mexico & ancient Aztec culture, ancient pictographs of indigenous animals
of the New World, and the Spanish influence after the landing of Cortez. Students are also introduced to a modern holiday that ties the two cultures together--Dia de los Muertos.

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60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

For optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 30 students.

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Industrial Technology, International, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Center for Puppetry Arts

Atlanta, GA
United States

The Center for Puppetry Arts opened to the public on September 23, 1978, when Kermit the Frog and his creator Jim Henson cut the ceremonial ribbon. The first puppetry center in the United States, today it is the largest American organization solely dedicated to the art of puppet theater.

The Center has been a leading voice in the field, and has hosted numerous conferences and festivals. In addition, the Center has been recognized both nationally and internationally as an organization for excellence. The Ford Foundation recently selected the Center as one of only 28 national organizations to be recognized for success in management and innovative programs. The prestigious Kresge Foundation awarded the Center three different grants to support its capital campaigns. The Center was also the only theater group chosen by the 1996 Olympics to participate in all four years of its arts festival program.

Sara Burmenko

Program Details


1. Students are introduced to Aztec culture through a mask from the museum collection.
2. Next, students discuss the flag of Mexico, it's symbolism, and identify the Aztec emblem in the center of the flag (founding of Mexico City-- Tenochtitlan).
3. Students begin the build the eagle mask (first stage of puppet building).
4. Students identify Mexico City on a map and travel back in time to the days of the Aztecs (just before Cortez arrived in 1519). The spiritual center, chinampas (farm life), and the warrior class are discussed through images and mask art.
5. Students build second stage of puppet.
6. Students participate in an interactive lesson to identify ancient pictographs of animals indigenous to the New World. Mask images are shown.
7. Students progress to third puppet building stage.
8. Students explore Mexico once Cortez landed on its shores by tracing his steps through maps and masks representing his travels and conquest. The blend of Aztec & Spanish cultures is highlighted.
9. Students finish the puppet.
10. Students are introduced to Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday that is an example of the blended cultures of Mexico.
11. Students view a video clip of a parade during Dia de los Muertos to end the program.


The participant will:

-develop an appreciation of masks as a global art form and means of expression
- explore the role of masks in societies of other countries
- engage in a hands-on art activity by building a a paper eagle mask
- develop an appreciation for other cultures
- engage in a discussion about an ancient indigenous society of the Americas- the Aztecs
- engage in a discussion about the influence of Cortez & Spain on Mexico
- compare the Aztecs culture to Spanish culture via mask art, religion, traditions
- explore Dia de los Muertos as a blend of Aztec & Spanish cultures.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)

National Education Technology Standards (NETS)
-Empowered Learner
-Digital Citizen
-Knowledge Constructor
-Innovative Designer
-Computational Thinker
-Creative Communicator
-Global Collaborator

Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.1; NA-VA.K-4.3; NA-VA.K-4.4; NA-VA.K-4.5; NA-VA.K-4.6; NA-VA.5-8.3; NA-VA.5-8.4; NA-VA.5-8.5;
NSS.GK-12.1; NSS.G.K-12.2; NSS.G.K-12.4; NSS.G.K-12.5; NSS.G.K-12.6
World History
NSS-WH.5-12.5; NSS.WH.5-12.6; NSS.WH.5-12.9