Many artists are resourceful and like to use all kinds of materials, including those you might find in your home and use every day. See what materials you have to complete this project, and don’t be afraid to experiment and try something new and unexpected.
For this month’s Rockwell Paper Scissors, we were inspired by Pueblo Warriors Jar by artist Jason Garcia. His Indigenous (Native) name is Okuu Pin. Artist Jason Garcia grew up in the Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico. He grew up reading comic books. Comics became popular in 1960s and 1970s (50-60 years ago) and were the first widely-accessible mass media available to Native Americans living on reservations. This was a time when many people did not have TVs and there was no internet! Comic books were and continue to be a very colorful and exciting source of entertainment for all ages.
Artists find inspiration from a variety of sources, including many different places, people and media that they encounter in their lives. The superhero characters in comics, as well as video games and pop culture today are the inspiration for Garcia’s art. What inspires you?
Do you notice any Native American characters on the jar? Garcia paints Native Americans as superheroes. He also paints the iconic Marvel superheroes, Loki and Thor. He does this on purpose because he wants you to think about who a hero can be.
Many Pueblo people fought against Europeans over land and their human rights. By painting a Native American warrior on the jar, we see that person as a hero. Who is a hero to you? What makes them a hero? Think about how they treat other people and take care of you. Also think about what important things they stand up for.
Are you a hero to someone? You can be a hero through you actions or just by listening to others and showing that you care and support them. Sometimes, it can feel empowering to wear special gear or accessories. Try making your own shimmery, wrist-protecting gauntlet set to show others that you are a hero.
Follow the instructions here, or follow along with our video tutorial!
Rockwell Paper Scissors is a new blog series featuring easily recreate-able art projects that you can do at home! Each installment will feature a materials list, step by step guide with photos, and Rockwell artwork connection.
Share your project with us! Tag your project with #RockwellPaperScissors, or tag The Rockwell on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with your creation.
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