If you enjoy introducing your students to holidays and celebrations from around the world or celebrating the heritage of some of your students, this art lesson is a great way to incorporate the Day of the Dead holiday into your classroom.
The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is celebrated between November 1st and 2nd in Mexican and many Southern and Latin American cultures. Instead of a gloomy holiday, it is a way of remembering loved ones that have passed on. Skulls traditionally are used as decorations during the holiday.
In this art lesson, students will create a skull in the style of the Day of the Dead. This is a lesson I have used many times in my own classroom with great success. Students love drawing skulls and are excited by this lesson.
Included in this lesson are a detailed lesson plan with written and illustrated instructions, student examples, a short reading and question answer sheet, and four point rubric.
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