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Saturday, November 10, 2012
Dia de los Muertos Name Skeletons
I love creating art for Dia de Los Muertos. Colorful skeletons = cool stuff!!
I gave a little lesson on Jose Guadalupe, the printmaker known for his satirical Mexican political cartoons in the late 1800s, early 1900s. We focused how his best known work Calavera de la Catrina popularized the skeleton form in Mexican folk art and how that has now become associated with Dia de los Muertos.
Then we got down to cutting and pasting and a super fun two-day art project.
18x24 Black Construction Paper
18x24 White Construction Paper
9x12 White Construction Paper
9x12 Colored Construction Paper (Bright)
Scraps of more bright colored construction paper
Pencils, Scissors, Glue Sticks, White Glue,Black Permanent Markers
BLING (feathers, crystals, glittery self-stick foam stickers, cheap bead necklaces).
First step: On the 9x12 white paper, they folded the paper in half lengthwise and the kids wrote their first name in cursive with the fold at the bottom of their name (VERY IMPORTANT). They were told to stretch it out AND make it as tall as possible. The goal was to reach almost the top of the paper with their capital letter and all the way across the page for the rest of their name, all the while staying on the fold of the paper.
Next step: Cutting out the name was little hard to explain but I told the to make sure they NEVER cut through the fold, that the fold was the spinal column of their skeleton. We talked about positive and negative space a bit while I showed then how to cut. Some kids did more cutting in between loops of their letters, while some kids did not. I encouraged the more detailed cutting by showing them that their "ribs" would look cooler if they took their time and cut in between their letters - but never cutting over their pencil line. For some kids who were really troubled by this I went over to them and showed them with my finger how to cut around their letters. Some kids found it easier to make an outline of their name in a colored pencil and then they cut on that colored line.
The kids all thought it was magic as they opened up their paper after cutting and foun that it really did look like a skeleton torso - no matter their name (but I don't think we had anybody with a two letter or three letter name either and I definitely encouraged the long form of their name if they used a shorter nickname).
After cutting their torso. They traced their hands on the 9x12 white paper, fit in a skull and two arm bones on the white scraps of paper they had left. They then cut all of those pieces out.
The next step was gluing with the glue sticks. They glued down their 9x12 colored paper to the center of the 18x24 black paper. Then they played around with the skeleton pieces to see how they would fit on. Tilting the torso on the diaganol made them pop out of the colored background. After they glued the torson then they glued the skull on. The arms and hands were glued last as they could manipulate those the best in different articulated positions as they fit them on the paper.
I had a handout I drew for them with different hat designs and they had to put some sort of head covering on their skeleton. They were supposed to use the black permanent markers only on the skull features. I required them to add at least 4 other elements cut from the paper only. Then they could go over to the "Bling" table and put on some bling. Originally it was only supposed to be one bling item. But you can see they talked me into more!
I absolutely LOVE how these turned out and the kids were very excited to put them up in the wing.
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