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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mexican Marigolds

In Mexico, these beautiful flowers are grown for the Day of the Dead Celebration. We created these beauties using: oil pastels, painted paper, tempera paint, and construction paper.

1. Students created the vase shape then added monochromatic oil pastels to the vase. Students chose 1 geometric shape then rotated the monochromatic colors of oil pastels.
2. Students then painted stems with leaves containing patterns above the vase.
3. The marigolds were created using painted paper.
Shapes were drawn on the back, then students cut out flowers and added oil pastels details to the painted paper side.

Glorious, fun and cheerful!


  1. Beautiful! I am so glad you are following my blog - otherwise I wouldn't have found your blog! I will be following and living vicariously through you (I'm a former art teacher and some days I miss the classroom!)

  2. I am planning on doing a lot of Mexican art projects with my 3rd graders this year because they are studying hispanic culture AND because I have seen the results of what your students have done and they are very inspiring! How did you become so interested in Mexican art anyway????

  3. I love your projects! I am an elementary art teacher and just created my own blog after seeing all these awesome art blogs out there! You should check mine out! :)

  4. Wow! This are great! I don't use vases on my Day of the Death althar, but marigolds do look as gorgeous as your kids'!

    I first came to your blog because of the mexican mirrors, but now that I've been lurking arround I see the great influence you have from mexican culture... are you a migrant or descendant? You have great ideas that I would proudly offer to mexican children in art class... :D