Amate Bark Painting Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach students about the process and styles of Amate bark painting with help from this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains these and other concepts, examine examples, and make a visual representation of their own.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the characteristics of Amate bark painting
  • analyze Amate bark paintings
  • explain the process of Amate painting


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Amate bark painting
  • Maya
  • Nahua
  • Otomi
  • Guerrero

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Divide students into small groups and share an image of Amate bark painting with each.
  • Ask students to analyze the image together, noticing colors, texture, and content.
  • Share images and analysis together, noting commonalities.
  • Tell students these are examples of an art style called Amate bark painting.
  • Distribute the lesson Amate Bark Painting: Facts, History & Designs and read the first section 'Amate Bark Painting' together.

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