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2nd Grade Calaveras


This is a little late but I found this fantastic project over at Paintbrush Rocket’s blog and fell in love. It’s bright and festive and involves cut paper… Maybe I am more of a fan of Matisse than I realized. Anyway…
I’ll get some pictures of the student’s work soon. 🙂




Halloween Catrina!


So I told you I was in love with Dia De Los Muertos…


I decided to be a catrina for my friend’s Halloween party. It was so much fun to dress up like this and do the make up. I just used some face paint I found at Walmart and some liquid eye liner! Fun times! 🙂

Delving into Dia De Los Muertos!


One of my newest joys is teaching about Dia De Los Muertos or “Day of the Dead.” It is such a meaningful and colorful day with so much artistic influence in the celebrations. I am in love with sugar skulls and catrinas and yarn paintings!

My school has started a Spanish Club this year and the kids are learning to speak but they are also learning lots about the culture. Next week we will be painting faces and hopefully making some small art projects to go along with learning about the holiday. The bottom picture has four examples of the face painting they will get to choose from at the next meeting!

I’ve started talking about it with my first graders this week and we are making some calaveras. Here are some of the results. I’ll add more as we finish!








Creepin’ Calaveras!


I decided to do some Dia de los Muertos art this year so as not to be taken over by the Halloween bug. The kids loved them and they have been getting lots of compliments from others on their beautiful and colorful work! We discussed the traditions of the celebration and looked at some examples of different types of art associated with Dia de los Muertos. Then we discussed the colorful backgrounds we were shooting for and the types of designs to be included. I cut several different colors of 9×12 paper and let them choose from those bright colors. They used construction paper crayons to create the designs. The next class, we looked at this website to follow step-by-step instructions on how to draw a skull. I gave them a 4.5×6 piece of white paper for them to do the skull. We drew in pencil and then outlined in Sharpie. They drew their calavera designs with construction paper crayons as well. The third class they cut out the skulls, glued them to the background, and filled in any empty space around their skulls. I don’t think I had a “bad” one in the bunch. Fun project!