Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos – TeachKidsArt a resource for teaching art to kids! Tue, 30 Jan 2018 02:14:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ceramic Sugar Skull Plate for Dia de los Muertos Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:43:30 +0000

November 1st and 2nd is a Mexican holiday known as “Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead”….. an no, it isn’t “Mexican Halloween”! It’s not meant to be scary, spooky, or morbid, but rather a colorful tradition of honoring loved ones who have passed. I’m blessed to live in an area of the […] ]]> 1
Easy Sugar Skull Ceramic Planter/Pot Thu, 12 Oct 2017 03:33:02 +0000

As if we needed one more reason to love Trader Joe’s…. THIS sugar skull succulent planter! My students were asking for a project for Day of the Dead, so when I saw these awesome sugar skull succulent planters I knew I had to come up with a good way to make them! So here it […] ]]> 1
Ceramic Sugar Skull Plates for Dia de los Muertos Mon, 02 Nov 2015 05:50:47 +0000

(See my “new and improved” version of this project here.) Dia De Los Muertos (or Day of the Dead, November 1-2) is one of my favorite holidays…. I love the colorful imagery and the focus on honoring loved ones who have died. So when one of my students requested that we do a ‘Sugar Skull’ project in ceramics […] ]]> 1
Happy Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead! Sun, 01 Nov 2015 23:12:42 +0000

Wishing you all a very colorful and festive Dia de los Muertos! ]]> 1
Day of the Dead – Ofrenda Painting Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:36:01 +0000

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 […] ]]>
Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos Projects Tue, 23 Oct 2012 05:09:46 +0000

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 […] ]]> 1
“Day of the Dead Prints” inspired by Jose Posada Mon, 26 Sep 2011 04:37:00 +0000

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 […] ]]> 9
Teacher Workshop: “Day of the Dead” Projects Fri, 23 Sep 2011 04:55:00 +0000

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 in Capitola.  I’ll be […] ]]> 5
Mexican Papel Picado Sat, 16 Oct 2010 04:59:00 +0000

“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 […] ]]> 7
Mexican Paper Marigolds for “Day of the Dead” Fri, 15 Oct 2010 06:10:00 +0000

“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 […] ]]> 11