Days of the Dead Collage

Posted: October 22nd, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto


Third and fourth graders went on a trip around the world to the Days of the Dead celebration held in Mexico and other Latin and South American countries on November 1 and November 2.  They learned about Los Dias de los Muertos through the artwork created to celebrate the event.  We looked at colorful and vibrant images created by local artists in Mexico and learned that the celebration is meant to honor and celebrate loved ones who have died.  Calavera art is a popular art form during the Days of the Dad.   Calaveras are skulls and/or skeletons.  Skulls and skeletons are seen as a promise of resurrection, not as a symbol of death.  Students used paper, craypas, metallic colored pencils, sequins and scissors to create their own a multi-media collage of a calavera.


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Fall into Art!

Posted: October 20th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

The art studio at Phippsburg Elementary School has had an awesome start to the school year.  We have already jumped into painting, collage, printmaking and drawing projects.  Several classes are learning about the art and traditions of the Days of the Dead festival and others are using autumn as an inspiration for artwork.  Look for images to be posted soon.

This year art classes are on Tuesday mornings and all day Friday.  Please do not send your student(s) in their best clothes on art days!  We have art shirts available to wear, but paint and ink has a sneaky way of getting around and under the art shirt.  All the materials we use in art are washable and non-toxic.

Here is the schedule:

Tuesday: Grade 3, Grade 5 (Mrs. Snell), and Special Projects

Friday: Grade 4, Grade 5 (Mr. Kovacs), Kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 1.

I look forward to sharing Phippsburg Elementary art with you this year!

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