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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 in Capitola….. “Teach Kids ‘Day of the Dead’ Projects”! I will be co-teaching this workshop with K-12 Spanish teacher, Catherine Murray, from Rio […]

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“Faux” Mexican Bark “Paintings”

These Mexican Bark “Paintings” by my 5th graders got more “wows” than any other project at our recent school art show. By using markers instead of paint, we saved time in both prep and clean-up, as well as the extra step of touching up with black Sharpie after painting. And the marker on the brown […]

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Mexican Bark Painting

“Mexican Bark Painting” by Arin Colorful Bark Paintings made by the people of Xalitla, Mexico, are the primary source of income for their entire community. These paintings on amate paper (made from the bark of the wild fig tree) typically depict flowers, birds, plants and animals. Directions:1. Cut apart a brown paper grocery bag. (I […]

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