Students learned about the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead) for this unit. Using symmetry and design students first created a frame for their skull experimenting with construction crayons and their blending abilities. For their skull students used large brushes for a watercolor ground and tiny brushes for their detailed design. Neon paints were applied last before cutting out their skulls, folding in tabs and creating their 3 dimensional piece.
Vocabulary Learned: Frame, border, balance, design, asymmetry, symmetry, Cultural history, Calaveras, fade effect, 3-dimensional tabs, multimedia, facial proportion, line design, imagery.
Materials Used: Construction crayons, permanent marker, tru-ray paper, watercolor paper, ink pens, watercolor paint, tempera/acrylic paint, large and small paint brushes, neon paint, scissors, clear tape.
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