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Age of Exploration Manuscript Paintings

Michelle Marucs
Third graders had the opportunity this past month to create manuscript paintings using techniques and materials from the Age of Exploration. On behalf of Dalton’s Museum Program, artist and materials consultant Patricia Miranda showed the students how to grind their own pigments from malachite, saffron, cochineal, and clay. Each two-day workshop was designed to support the 3rd grade social studies and archaeology curriculum. The students in House 37, for example, who study Mexico City, made Aztec-style manuscript paintings on bark paper.
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