Friday, October 23, 2015

Day of the Dead

We are finally finishing up our Oil Pastel Sugar Skulls in 4th grade this week and learning about the Mexican Holiday Dia de los Muertos

On week one I introduce the lesson with books and videos such as this one below.

We used chrome books and ipads to learn to draw skulls using this awesome site: 

The student's drew the skull big on Tru Ray Black that I cut into a 9 x 12 size of construction paper. 
Good paper is the key to keep it from falling apart in the water at the end. They traced all pencil lines with a small piece of white hotel soap.  
The lines appear gray.  Then they begin coloring all the white first with small circular strokes being careful not to go onto the soap line. It takes about two class periods to color.

here is a picture of the small chunks of white hotel soap bars.

Put the paper into a tray of water to wash away the soap. I dry on newspaper on my drying rack.
They oh and ahh at this time.....

Finished just in time for the hanging up before the holiday. 


  1. These look great! I love the graphic quality.

  2. These are just wonderful!! Love them.

    1. I am glad you do. Thanks for the kind comments.

  3. This project is a great take on the day of the dead projects I've seen. I love the close-up of the skull. The soap you use a straight up plain white soap? The results are fabulous! I have to try this next year.

    1. I am glad you asked. I forgot to include a picture of the soap so I went back and inserted it. Yes plain white soap cut into small chunks. Thank you for the comment.


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