Elementary School Art Education Book
In 1921,the Mexican government initiated an art education program for primary schools throughout the country. This book, a hands-on method, blends elements of European-style abstraction and indigenous art, ancient and new.
Best Maugard had studied ethnographic artifacts with the German anthropologist Franz Boas. And he based his own teaching on linear motifs — squiggles, circles and so on — derived from pre-Columbian pottery shards. From those primordial forms, children of any cultural background or education level could compose new images of any kind — Best Maugard encouraged fantasy — and on a personal scale. They could make, from very ancient sources, a modernism of their own.