Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) - A Cultural Holiday: Color Exploration of Warm and Cool Colors

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Young artists examine pictures from and discuss the holiday Día de los Muertos. The symbolic skull showcases the use of warm and cool colors. Color exploration allows learners to use coordinating colors to create two paper representations of skulls. Participants reflect on their finished products, answering questions in a class discussion.

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Instructional Ideas
  • While the subject of death may be sad, point out that the holiday is a special celebration honoring loved ones that have passed away
  • Gather a collection of books that show pictures of Día de los Muertos, and allow pupils to browse them when time permits
  • Team teach the lesson with an art teacher or a grown-up that celebrates the holiday to add in their professional or personal experience
Classroom Considerations
  • Día de los Muertos takes place November 1 and 2, or add the lesson during Hispanic Heritage month, which is from September 15-October 15
  • Requires projection to view pictures as a class and art supplies
Pros
  • Includes vibrant pictures of holiday symbols to show the class
  • Provides pictures of examples in progress and finished
Cons
  • Color wheel graphics are out of focus