Día de los Muertos, 5th Grade Sugar Skulls

Our 5th Grade Artists have been busy creating these Mexican, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), sugar skulls. We learned that this three day celebration takes place in Mexico and around the world on October 31, November 1st and 2nd. This traditional holiday celebrates the memory of loved ones who have passed away through art, cooking, music, and building ofrendas (altarpieces). Looking closely at the art of sugar skull, we observed symmetry, unity in color, subject matter, and geometric and organic shapes. Once students learned how to draw a skull on one half of their papers, they began adding design to areas like the cheek bone, forehead, and chin. We used a transferring technique to create symmetry in our design. Our pencil lines were then traced with sharpie and colored in using colored sharpie markers. Students chose colors based on their knowledge of color schemes like warm and cool colors, complementary colors, and color value. Texture rubbing plates were used on construction paper, to frame and complement our skulls intricate designs.

These Sugar Skulls will be on display later this week in celebration of Dia de los Muertos.

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