When I lived in San Diego I was thrilled to see Dia de los Muertos altars and decorations everywhere. As it is a festival to acknowledge death, and honor and remember the dead: the city was bedecked with skulls and calaveras (skeletons) There were sugar skull decorating activities for kids. Today I am going to do the same – early I know… But if my students make ceramic skulls which have to dry and be bisque fired before glazing… it is time to get to work.
Class went well- had one adorable seven year old boy from Mexico who was excited to share his stories… Pix to follow of their projects. How do you celebrate the season?
Update: The students glazed today. Love them! They will be even better once I add the glossy glaze and fire them!
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What a fascintating tradition. I am not familiar with this tradition myself. Looking forward to seeing your student’s projects!
@Cindy – pix tomorrow as the kids are glazing! It was nice to discuss the differences with them – from the dress up spooky side of our Halloween to the family oriented, celebratory aspects of Day of the Dead. Preparing special meals, weeding and planting at cemetery, recollections of the dearly departed. As well as dressing up and a festival atmosphere…