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Colorful Ofrenda Skeletons

Day of the Dead — Ofrenda Painting

The pop­u­lar Mex­i­can hol­i­day, Day of the Dead (or Dia de Los Muer­tos), gives us many oppor­tu­ni­ties for col­or­ful art lessons com­bined with learn­ing about another cul­ture! True con­fes­sion time.… when I moved from a small town in upstate New York to go to col­lege in Cal­i­for­nia, I had no idea what Day of the Dead was.… I […]

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Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos Projects

Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muer­tos) is right around the cor­ner!  Don’t miss the oppor­tu­nity to share this impor­tant cul­tural tra­di­tion with your stu­dents.  Often mis­un­der­stood, this pop­u­lar Mex­i­can hol­i­day hon­or­s ances­tors and loved ones who have died, and is cel­e­brated each year on Novem­ber 1st & 2nd. This family-centered hol­i­day cel­e­brates the cycle of […]

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Day of the Dead Prints” inspired by Jose Posada

We had a blast at my Teach Kids Art: “Day of the Dead” work­shop yes­ter­day!  I added a new project this year, “Day of the Dead Prints” — inspired by Jose Posada.  Jose Posada (1852–1913) was a pro­lific Mex­i­can folk artist and polit­i­cal satirist from Aguas­cal­lientes in cen­tral Mex­ico.  Posada began learn­ing lith­o­g­ra­phy (a form of print­mak­ing using a […]

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Teacher Workshop: “Day of the Dead” Projects

The pop­u­lar Mex­i­can hol­i­day, “Day of the Dead” is just around the cor­ner!  If you live on the Cal­i­for­nia Cen­tral Coast, don’t miss your chance to get some great project ideas at my teacher work­shop, “Teach Kids Art: ‘Day of the Dead’ Projects”.… this week­end only - Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 24th, 2011 from 9am-noon at Palace Art & Office Sup­ply in […]

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Mexican Papel Picado

Papel Pic­ado”, or “cut paper”, is a col­or­ful dec­o­ra­tion found at most Mex­i­can cel­e­bra­tions. The “secret” of suc­cess for mak­ing your own papel pic­ado is to sand­wich the thin tis­sue paper inside a folded, heav­ier weight paper before cut­ting it. This makes it eas­ier to work with, less likely to tear, and gives you a […]

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Mexican Paper Marigolds for “Day of the Dead”

Day of the Dead” is a tra­di­tional Mex­i­can hol­i­day for hon­or­ing ances­tors and loved ones who have died, and is cel­e­brated each year on Novem­ber 1st & 2nd. This fes­tive, family-centered hol­i­day cel­e­brates the cycle of life and high­lights the Mex­i­can peo­ples’ gen­eral accep­tance, rather than fear, of death. Col­or­ful marigolds are a reg­u­lar feature […]

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Day of the Dead” — a Teacher Workshop!

For those of you who call the Cal­i­for­nia Cen­tral Coast your home, we have a spe­cial Teach Kids Art teacher work­shop com­ing up this Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 9th, from 9am-noon at Palace Art & Office Sup­ply in Capi­tola.…. “Teach Kids ‘Day of the Dead’ Projects”! I will be co-teaching this work­shop with K-12 Span­ish teacher, Catherine […]

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