Third grade students have been learning about the Dia de los Muertos celebration. Dia de los Muertos is celebrated each year in Mexico, along with many other Latin American countries. People come together to remember friends and family members they know who have died. There is a strong artistic tradition associated with Dia de los Muertos. The third graders looked at several different examples of artwork from Mexico for inspiration and created their own works. They either chose to celebrate the life of a pet, friend, or family member who died, or depict a skeleton doing something unusual. We compared and contrasted celebrations from Japan (Obon) and China that focus on similar ideas. The student’s artwork from this unit is hanging in Stearns Hall above the copier if you’d like to come and see what they created!
We are now traveling to Panama to learn about the mola, a traditional art form created by the Kuna tribe. The students are also learning to distinguish between positive shapes and negative shapes. They will be depicting an animal in their mola design.