SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2014

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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Page 21 of 54 17 F ew cultural holidays inspire as many creative art lessons as the Mexican Días de los Muertos, or Days of the Dead. This holiday, which falls on November 1 and 2 each year, is a highlight of many communi- ties in Mexico. During this observance, fond memories of deceased loved ones are celebrated in colorful and festive ways. At my school, students cre- ate numerous art pieces related to this celebration, but one of their favorites is sugar skull whistles. Sugar Skulls A sugar skull is a com- mon decoration during the Days of the Dead. It is usually created by push- ing a sugar mixture into a skull-shaped mold, then decorating it with colored icings and other embellish- ments. I experimented with Middle School Studio Lesson Musical Calaveras Abby, grade six. Christine Grafe

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