El Dia de los Muertos

The 4th graders are finishing up their skeletons just in time for the Mexican celebration of El Dia de los Muertos on November 1st! The focus was layering. 


  • Black paper and white crayon
  • Magazines
  • White glitter
  • Googled eyes
  • Construction paper
  • Sequins 


Felt very fortunate today to get to spend the morning with the other art elementary art teachers in my district to share ideas and lesson plans…and coffee! 

Here are some exemplars stolen from (shared with permission actually) from Sylvan, Central Trail, Whiteford, and Highland art teachers to name a few…

Whiteford: Miro bugs and monster behind the doors along with descriptive writing 

Highland and Sylvan: El Dia de Los Muertos skulls in felt and with printmaking

Central Trail: prehistoric necklaces, Egyptian portraits and Egyptian felt cats

Sylvan: self-portraits in the style of Gustav Klimt

What’s Happening

Now that big projects are coming to an end, I have been throwing some fun seasonal drawing challenges into the mix as everyone finishes up things up. 3rd through 5th grade had a Pinocchio drawing challenge—he’s Italian! It goes right along with our Italy unit. The 5th graders that were done with Pinocchio got to move on to making a spooky houses. They drew their spooky house and background in sharpie, then used regular markers to color in everything. Once finished coloring, we sprayed it with water so the water would diffuse the colors to make some really cool designs! 

The lower grades are making Frank or Frankie Frankensteins and using texture to color them in. Using texture plates are always a big hit in the art room!