Mola Art from Panama. Mola art has its origin in body painting. Only after colonization by the Spanish and contact with missionaries did the Kuna start to transfer their traditional geometric designs on fabric, first by painting directly on the fabric and later by using the technique of reverse application. It is not known for certain when this technique was first used.
Art lesson on Molas
These are ceramic totems made by an artist inspired by indigenous forms....but I'm thinking this could be done as a collaborative class project using different sized tin cans....paint them white with gesso and let the kids paint a pattern on their own can...layer the cans every other with white cans!