Dia de los Muertos
Every year we set up a Day of the Dead alter as a school and make our ofrenda ("offering") for someone we have lost or a Mexican artist. This year, we made our ofrenda for our school secretary, Jill, who lost her battle with cancer recently. The kids made her paper symbols of the things that she loved (i.e. Nebraska Cornhuskers) and/or things they thought of when they thought of Jill and wrote her a note on the back of that symbol. It was a great way for the kids to find closure in their sadness and to celebrate her life and the things that Jill loved.
This is a K-8 school and we (myself and Sara--the K-3 art teacher) try to get all of the grade levels involved. This year the Kindergarten made papel picado and paper calavera masks, First Grade made candles from toilet paper rolls and tissue paper, Second Grade painted rocks as calavera, 4th-8th Grades made symbols for Jill as well as papel picado from patterns and Eighth Grade also made 3D calavera-paper sculls from a template found here on skulladay.blogspot.com. The milk jug skeletons were actually created last year with my seventh graders but they were too great not to reuse! Pictures of last year's display are on my blog here
Close Up of 8th Grade Calavera from Skulladay's Template:
Art Club Made and Decorated Sugar Skulls!