Students researched artists and were asked to find facts about the artist's life and understand the artist's style. The variety of artists was a pleasant surprise and showed the diversity of interests the student's hold. After the students returned with their artist we looked at a variety of Day of the Dead artwork for inspiration.
Students were asked to include five visual elements that would showcase the artist's life and work in their final image. A skeleton was brought in from one of our science labs for reference while students sketched out their design. The background is created on black paper with a niche shape to reference an alter.
The foreground will focus on the main skeleton created on a separate white piece of paper. Students collage elements together to create the finished piece. Students use a variety of materials based on their artist's style, their personal design.
Not only are students getting to honor one of their favorite artists, learn about a cultural tradition, and learn new techniques but they are starting to appreciate the artistic tastes of their fellow classmates and seeing how they can work and learn together in an art studio environment.