I saw this article and while first drawn to the colorful paintings, found that the story behind Amate Bark Paintings was actually quite interesting. My kids love hearing stories and I knew this project would interest them. It’s also a great way to recycle some paper bags (should have done this one closer to earth day perhaps).
I did this one with first and second grade. I gave them the freedom to create a subject of their choice but it needed to be bigger than their hand (that’s hard for the little ones sometimes). It also needed a border (we drew lots of borders on the white board for ideas). I only photographed a few before my phone battery died and they’re on display now. Hopefully I’ll add more photos in soon.