Dia de los Muertos

During the first week of November, children focused on Mexican culture within their art lessons. We created a large scale still life with flowers, animal skulls, feathers, food and garlands; which inspired careful tonal pencil drawings, vibrant collages and sketchbook work. The ‘Dia de los Muertos’ festival takes place in Hispanic cultures all around the world on the 1st and 2nd of November, celebrating the lives of those who passed on and it is a happy and colourful affair. In class, we created traditional calavera sugar skull models out of white clay and decorated them using vivid watercolours and acrylic paint, and made beautiful masks with fine-liners and sequins. On the Friday night, boarders crammed into the art room for a Mexican party, with traditional music and crafts. Miss Finn had a selection of brightly coloured costumes and a vintage 1950’s velvet sombrero we could try on at the party. We ate nachos and decorated biscuits with Mexican patterns using coloured icing. There was a colouring competition, of ‘Dia de los Muertos’ imagery, with 1st place going to Blanca for her wonderfully colourful version, winning the woven hat to take home!