Cezanne by Kelsey4415
Dia de los muertos is a three day Mexican holiday to celebrate and honor loved ones who have died. Students were asked to find an artist they admire who had died to honor. We were inspired by a local Houston artist, Carlos Hernandez who creates prints in honor of deceased rock stars.
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.