Friday, November 13, 2015

Sugar Skull Art

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.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Day of the Dead

These are my latest Day of the Dead projects. This is a wooden box with a a shadow box glued inside the lid to create a box of remembrance. I was able to gather different Day of the Dead symbols that are important to me and represent those who are dear to me who have passed. 

The front and back covers were painted black and then covered with this fun sugar skull paper.
This year's alter or ofrenda for my classroom has grown!  In addition to some fun Day of the Dead accessories, I added pictures of our artful Mexican ancestors to honor.
Jose Posada and his Catrina
Frida Khalo and her self portrait
Diego Rivera self portrait

This is the front/back of a 3 by 4 inch altered Artist Block in the Day of the Dead theme. I modpodged a pre-designed skull napkin over a distressed paint layer in white. I added rhinestones, corrugated cardboard, and lace to finish.
You can see more Day of the Dead projects here.

We will be creating sugar skull prints and metal repousees this week in 7th grade. Be sure to check back soon for pics!