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HIDALGO, MEXICO — In a dusty patio shaded by a corrugated iron roof,Galia Eibenschutz, an auburn-haired Mexican artist, stood in a circle of giggling 8- and 9-year-olds who swayed on their heels with their eyes closed. “Imagine roots growing from the soles of your feet,” she said. “Now, a branch shoots from your head.”

Ms. Eibenschutz, 44, whose work focuses on the relationship between movement and drawing, gave out crayons and big sheets of paper, and the children drew the trees they had envisioned: parota, soursop, almond and mango.