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Missoula Students Make Art From Sawdust

May 24, 2019

Missoula fifth-graders in the Spanish immersion classes at Paxson school this year made alfombras (rugs), a Latin American art form, made from dyed sawdust. They joined Annie on Pea Green Boat this week and shared these pictures of their artwork.

This form of art is particularly popular at Easter time (Semana Santa - Holy Week) when families and businesses make huge alfombras with religious symbols in them. Being made of sawdust, these are ephemeral art works that are marched over during big processionals.

Students in the Spanish immersion classes at Missoula's Paxon School make alfombras, a Latin American artform made from dyed sawdust.
Credit Kimberly Olson / Paxson School