7th grade created a few Day of the Dead Sugar Skull inspired art works last week. Above shows Styrofoam prints we printed in black and white paint. We used the skull design worksheet below that I found on Pinterest for ideas. They mixed and matched the details and traced and transferred to create a symmetrical skull design.
After printing 4 prints, students altered at least 2 with construction paper crayons. We also used the crayons to color their foam plates. We matted them to an extra paper that they inked up on to create another effect.
Their pattern for their print was then colored and matted to this optical illusion backgound I found on Pinterest.
Two of my 7th grade classes printed, the other two created metal repousee skulls. We traced the patterns onto the metal, then indented the designs deeper by pushing directly into the metal and popped somethings forward from the back, then colored over the metal with colored sharpies. Students then chose papers to layer with and matted them.
Overall, it was a great week celebrating Day of the Dead and learning some different techniques using the Sugar Skull as a motif. You can find more Day of the Dead art here.