Honoring Our Ancestors with Sugar Skulls
Sugar skulls have a rich history originating in South America for the holiday El Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.
- markers, paint pens, or colored pencils – anything you want to make bright happy skulls
- skull template
I always encourage the kids to draw what they can on their own. Some felt more comfortable with having a skull template they could cut out and paste into their sketchbooks while others just needed a reference they could see to act as a guide. You can find the template above.
After getting the skull pasted or drawn, we had a quick discussion on patterns and what sugar skulls often had drawn on them. Most commonly, you’ll find flowers, petals, and swirls, but I told my students that anything they could dream up would be just as fun.
To color, I encouraged lots of saturated and fun colors. Paint pens work especially well….we used Poscas.
Our Project in Progress in the Outdoor Classroom
Our Sugar Skulls After Day One
Sugar Skulls: Day Two
We decided to add a layer of puffy paint for some extra pop! Several students also had fun with the glow-in-the-dark paint.