Aztecs had many types of art and artists like
stone-workers, who carved statues; scribes, who painted pictograms;
potters, who would make pots for various things; and feather-workers,
who would create beautiful head dresses among other things.
The stone-workers would create statues from
rocks and would create objects made from green jade, black obsidian,
and transparent crystals. Stone-workers were trained from an
early age and the skills they learned were passed on from worker
to worker. To carve a statue they would use simple tools made
out of wood, rock and bone.
The scribes would draw the pictograms that
would record events. First the scribe would sketch a rough outline,
then they would add the details. The Aztecs would use vegetables,
insects, shells, and minerals to create colors and oil could
be added to make colors brighter.
The Aztec potters didn't use a potter's wheel.
They shaped the clay with their hands or carved it. The Aztecs
would often design the inside of the pot and paint it. They usually
only used two colors. The elaborately designed pots were for
the rich or the ruler.
The feathers that were used for elaborate
things such as a headdress which were made from tropical birds.
The feathers were worked into designs. The Aztec feather workers
would make clothing out of feathers from all sorts of tropical
birds for nobility and royalty.