Third graders learned about the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). We watched this short video and learned how Day of the Dead is not a scary holiday and it is separate from Halloween. Day of the Dead is holiday for remembering and honoring those who have passed. It is a festive, joyous time of celebration. Dia de los Muertos originated centuries ago in Mexico, where it is still widely celebrated to this day. The holiday is a blend of pre-Hispanic indigenous beliefs and Spanish Catholic beliefs.
The image of the Catrina
has come to be a prominent symbol of Day of the Dead. Students chose to either create a celebratory Catrina image or create a skeleton image in honor of a loved one who has passed away after they created their own ‘sugar skull
MMSD Arts Standards:
Standard One: A.Visual Memory and Knowledge
Students will know and remember information and ideas about the art and design around them and throughout the world.
Standard One: B. Art and Design History, Citizenship, and Environment Students will understand the value and significance of the visual arts, media and design in relation to history, citizenship, the environment, and social development.
Standard Seven: Interpreting Interprets the visual experience with a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas. Students will be able to: Identify subject matter and feeling found in art. Identify the narrative qualities of artwork, i.e. cultural meaning and illustrations. Create artwork with various subject matter, symbols, and emotional content.
Standard Eight: Understands the function and structure of the visual arts in relation to human history and cultures. Students will understand and be able to: View styles and techniques of a limited number of artists, and/or cultures past and present.
Ms. B and I were inspired by Day of the Dead and were Catrinas for Halloween. Did you stop by for hot chocolate and candy?