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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 in Capitola.  I’ll be […]






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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 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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