Art – Sugar Skulls


This was such a great project to do after spending time on our cows (a post yet to come).  I never imagined my kids would make these as colorful as they did!  Usually, when they have a big, blank spot to color in, they use one color, but almost every one of them did something completely challenging to them!  The project reports for these were all positive, as well.

They started with a dark blue piece of construction paper.  We went over the Mexican history and tradition of the sugar skull, and I showed them how to make a basic sugar skull shape.  Almost everyone made it too small, so after a few adjustments, they each had a skull that was nice and big.  The glue was also a challenge.  Some lines were too thin, and if they got the lines too thick, the glue would spread and fill the space.  I worked on getting them to think about nice, even lines, and making large spaces.

Once the glue dried, the getting-your-hands-dirty part started.  They busted out their chalk pastels and got to work coloring, smudging, and blending.

Here are some of the fabulous results!


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