Art Journal: Dia de Los Muertos

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Art Journal: Dia de Los Muertos

Fifth graders are going to turn themselves into calaveras for Dia de Los Muertos. We are starting this week so I’ll post pictures when we are finished. Here’s my example, step by step.

After I took my photo with Photobooth, I cropped it in pretty close, edited it to make it much brighter and then printed it out as a 5×7.

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Draw on the colorful decorations. They usually include circles or flowers around the eyes and the holes on the nose like a skull.

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After gluing my face into my journal, I used painted paper to make flowers to go around my face. Another option would be a black top hat with a flower in it.

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The last step is to use a sharpie – I used a metallic gold because my page was a dark brown – and add lots of designs, kind of like zentangles.

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Here are some student examples. I love how they are turning out. Some of them are also learning the valuable lesson of *less is more*.

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3 responses »

  1. These are terrific! I’ll look forward to seeing your student’s finished works.

    On Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 12:22 PM, tinyartroom

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