Sorry, kids and parents, I must post more often! My husband and I bought our first house last week and things have been a little crazy!
Last week in Art class all classes learned about Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). The day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated mainly in Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage living in the U.S. and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends remembering their friends and relatives who have passed away. The celebration is on the 1st and 2nd of November. Traditions include using sugar skulls and marigolds to decorate the graves of the departed and making their favorite foods and drink for the celebration. Celebrants tell stories about their departed loved ones and often the stories they tell can be funny.
The Day of the Dead is not spooky, like Halloween. It is a happy holiday that is for celebrating the lives of our loved ones who are no longer with us.
For the Day of the Dead, classes cut-out and decorated skulls. Colorful, happy skulls are a symbol of the Day of the Dead. Students cut-out shapes (eyes, nose) within the skull without cutting through the part of the skull they didn't want to cut (the fold and snip technique). Then, they mounted their skulls on black construction paper. Finally, they decorated their skulls using a symmetrical design.
They turned out really cool! I will post some pictures of the skulls as well as our last assignment as soon as possible.