Occassionally I get discouraged when watching others’ presentations on art and artists they’re excited about. I feel sometimes – I’m in an all around creative rut even when it comes to PowerPoint presentations, which is why I decided to change my topic on the historical art presentation and go with Pinata art. I LOVE pinatas. They’re extremely versatile and easy to make. I would even go as far as to argue that it could be considered fine art as opposed to a craft. Arist Meg Cranston proves my theory as well.
So let’s get a little of this pinata history shall we? Pinatas have been around for AN EXTREMELY long time and may have even originated in China where pots filled with seeds were covered in brightly colored paper and broken with sticks releasing the seeds to fertilate the ground.
For one reason or another this custom spread to Spain. In the 16th century, Spanish missionaries would use the pinatas to lure the indegenous to gatherings where they would attempt to convert them.
Believe it or not the most common form of Pinata which is the seven pointed star has religious symbolism behind it.
The seven points represent the seven sins greed, gluttony, sloth, pride, envy, wrath and lust. The candy and fruit within, symbolize the gifts of faith. Obviously,the blindfolded participant must defeat the “evil” by breaking it with the stick. This is when the observers must either help the participant with guidance or trick the participant by tricking them with false guidance. Once the pinata is broken everyone can indulge in the treats within (the rewards for faith and defeating evil).
Nowadays there are a million different forms pinatas can take on. With a little cardboard, paper mache, tissue papar and glue, you can create virtually anything. Artist Meg Cranston created human self-portrait pinatas which challenges the idea of self-destruction.
Essentially pinatas are paper mache and paper mache in my eyes is sculpture. This guy makes a crazy paper mache pig.
The ideas for potential lesson plans is endless