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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Day of the Dead

We have been studying about Dia de los Muertos-Day of the Dead. The students just absolutely love this unit! We have been making all the items used to create an altar in one's home for the special day celebrated on November 1 and 2. In 5th grade, each student created their personal designs on paper skull, painted fun backgrounds and borders on construction paper then added sequins, and jewels. The razzle-dazzle really added that extra touch.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Mayan masks

6th grade students used painted paper to create these masks.... more to come!
Students first cut masks to be symmetrical in design. Then students added symmetrical patterns to the overall mask. Start with nose then add eyes, layering the different shapes. Add earrings, mouth, and fun patterns. Lastly, add some feathers, paint some small designs and your mask is complete.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Mexican huipil

A tunic like shirt with various details. Students first made a symmetrical shape shirt, added strips of thin paper and painted paper, then used oil pastels to create patterns and designs across the shirt. At the end, some students added ribbons and lace to complete the authentic style.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Mexican Murals

Mexican Guitars

Students used painted paper loaded with glitter paint, cut out a guitar shape then added the razzle dazzle, sequins, tempera paint patterns, strings made from bright paper strips and buttons. These groovy guitars are going to be displayed in our Marketplace after the 4th grade paints the Market stalls...Stay tune.