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Studying Molas in Art

As part of a partnering activity between art and Spanish classes, Unit III students on the Doherty Campus have been studying and practicing the art of creating their versions of molas, which are intricate handmade textiles made in Panama. The activity is also part of the students’ celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. “This has been a cross-curricular activity,” said Doherty art teacher Kacey Watkins. “Students have been listening to stories in Maria-Fernanda Torres’ Spanish class about molas and learning the process of creating them in art class with me.” Watkins said her students are in the process of making their colorful pieces by creating a stencil animal and using layers of paper to design the intricate details of the artwork.