Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sugar Skulls

DISCUSSION: Halloween and All Saints Day
Was anyone invited to an All Saints Day Party on November 1?
It is a celebration of people you have lost in your life
Look at several photos of sugar skulls and get feedback from the students

ARTIST: Sugar Skulls
Sugar art was brought to the New World by Italian missionaries in the 17th century.
The first mention of sugar art was from Palerm when little sugar lambs were made.
Mexico, abundant in sugar production and too poor to buy fancy imported European decorations,
They learned quickly from the friars how to make sugar art for their festivals.
Clay molded sugar figures of sheep and sugar skulls go back to the Colonial Period 18th century.
Sugar skulls represented a departed soul
the name is written on the forehead and was placed on the gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit. Sugar skull art reflects the folk art style of big happy smiles, colorful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments. Sugar skulls are labor intensive and made in very small batches in the homes of sugar skull makers.
These wonderful artisans are disappearing as fabricated and imported candy skulls take their place.

for more information on this artistic tradition please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_skull

PROJECT: Create a Sugar Skull on your paper (could also be the whole body)
Step1: On BLACK paper: Draw your skull with white oil pastels
Step2: Paint in with white paint
Step3: With bright colored paint begin to add Flowers, stripes, dots to adorn the skull
Step4: Take you time and add tons of details like our Mexican sugar artists.

MATERIALS:Black paper
White Oil pastels
White paint
Bright colored paint

This project was inspired by DEEPSPACESPARKLE.com, for more information: http://deepspacesparkle.blogspot.com/2009/10/day-of-dead-dia-de-los-muertos-first.html

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