DAY OF THE DEAD
Every year in Mexico, in November, they have a celebration to remember family and friends who have died. This is not a sad tradition, it is a festive time to remember and honor the dead. Hence it is called “Day of the Dead.” For this celebration they create calaveras which are decorated skulls.
During our morning sessions the children created a paper mache skull that was mounted onto a canvas. Then they painted and decorated it to create a beautiful art work. For the finishing touches they crafted some paper flowers for a head band.
Here are their finished “Day of the Dead” art works:
Everyone loves puppets so in the afternoon sessions the children created puppets of fairy tale characters. The head was created using paper mache and the glove part was sewn from fabric. (This was another opportunity for the children to use a sewing machine.) On the final afternoon the children had great fun creating their own puppet shows in a puppet theatre.
Look at the great fairy tale characters that they made:
- To accurately cut fabric using a variety of tools
- Sewing Machine safety
- To sew accurately
- To design, layout & construct their own quilt
Look at how proud the girls are of their amazing creations: