SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2010

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artistic heritage, but you could honor anyone in this way. Divide students into research groups, giving each the task of researching an aspect of the person's life. Some suggestions include making a timeline of the person's life, assembling a list of quotes, collecting images, and learning about the person's achievements. As a class, have your students discuss what an ofrenda for this person might look like. Set up a small table against a wall in your classroom or somewhere in the school. Cover the table with a fabric appropriate for the person or time period. For example, a brightly colored oilcloth would make a great table cover for an ofrenda to Frida Kahlo. Have students brainstorm a list of items they would like to include on the ofrenda. Common items that would be appropriate for anyone include flowers (real or artificial), candles (with the wicks cut short or removed), paper banners, papier-mâché skeletons, and sugar skulls. Things specific to the person might include photographs, food items he or she would have eaten in life, reproductions of his or her work, and maps of his or her hometown or country. Once the items are determined, collect them and arrange them on the covered table or on the wall behind the ofrenda. Display the completed ofrenda as an educational exhibit with a written explanation of the project and a biography of the person honored. Stevie Mack is president and Kathleen Williams is vice-president of CRIZMAC Art and Cultural Education Materials., kathleen@ NAtioNAl StANdArd Students differentiate among a variety of historical and cultural contexts in terms of characteristics and purposes of works of art. Web liNk store.cfm?step =results&scategoryid= 109 23

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