Students at the Kilmer Upper were excited to learn all about Dia de los Muertos this fall and create artwork inspired by this Mexican November 1st&2nd holiday! Elementary students painted Catrinas (elegantly dressed skeletons figures), and middle school students created symmetrical drawings of sugar skulls (sweet treat made for the holiday) that they turned into symmetrical/asymmetrical collages. Students in our strand classes made patterned skulls and skeleton collages from pasta. We ended the projects with fiestas where we enjoyed some chips&salsa and made papel picados (Mexican folk art using cut paper) for our celebration.
Big congratulations to our first Artist of the Month of this school-year…8th grader Melanie Nunez Secena! Melanie is a very talented artist who is so passionate about her work, she often takes home art projects to spend more time on them. She contributes to class discussions with so many wonderful ideas, and creates unique artworks with high-quality craftsmanship. Her collage hanging outside the office is part of our middle school Dia de los Muertos project, where students drew and designed symmetrical sugar skull collages. Great job, Melanie!