Symbols inspired by Porfirio Gutierrez

Students studied the symbols of Porfirio’s Zapotec heritage and how they are designed to be used in weavings.  They started with sketches of their own ideas and adapted them into symbols that followed a grid of squares and triangles.  The words in red were written by the students to describe the meaning of their symbol.

The artwork below was produced in middle school classrooms at Anacapa Middle in Ventura, Isbell Middle in Santa Paula and Rio del Valle Middle School in Oxnard.

Thank you to the Ruth & Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts for generously funding these residencies.

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