In October, the Art and Spanish classes work together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. In Art, we studied the art and culture of Mexico. Students learned about the artwork on Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Jose Posada. The teachers and students were excited to work together for a fun filled month of culturally themed lessons.
Grades 1 & 2
The first and second graders looked at Diego Rivera's The Pinata. They drew pictures of a fiesta with pinatas. They also created papel picado banners made from colorful construction paper. This required them to practice imagining positive and negative space and also was great practice cutting small shapes.
Grades 3 & 4
Third and fourth graders created calavera pictures. They used both a wax resist method with watercolors and crayons and a yarn design like traditional Mexican crafters. They also created papel picado banners.
Grades 5 & 6
The fifth and 6th graders made portraits of Frida and Diego, and they also read about the lives of these influential Mexican artists. They created papel picado banners as well. They used clay to create calacas, or small skeleton figurines.
All of the classes practiced Spanish vocabulary that accompanied the lessons, and the students celebrated the Day of the Dead in Spanish class. As a finale, the students decorated sugar skulls as a treat. Edible Art!
Pre-K and Kindergarten students made fall crafts including Owl pictures, pumpkin patch collages and scarecrows.