Art With Mrs. Castrigano *** Southeast Middle School
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Dia De Los Muertos!
Last week SMS 6th graders learned about the upcoming holiday, Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. We discussed the holiday including misconceptions of the holiday. Many people think it is related to Halloween because it is during the same time of the year and because of the skull subject matter. This holiday is not related to Halloween, it is a holiday that is celebrated in Mexico and parts of the United States. Many people also think that it is a scary holiday, but it is actually a happy holiday. This holiday is about remembering loved ones that have passed and celebrating their life instead of mourning their passing. There are many traditions associated with this holiday, including sugar skulls, parades, special bread and papel picado. Papel Picado means punched paper in Spanish, it is made of thin paper that has intricate cut-outs and hung from the ceiling.
For this project, students created a collage using construction paper. I really stressed to students to put the glue on the side that they drew on so the viewer did not see pencil lines. This really helped our craftsmanship on this project. Some students chose to depict loved ones that had passed, some chose random characters and some chose previous pets.
We also spent one class making Papel Picado to decorate the room!
I am currently in my 7th year of teaching!! I teach art to 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Southeast Middle School. I have taught for 5 years in the Phoenix Elementary School District. I absolutely love teaching art and cannot imagine doing anything else! I enjoy painting in my free time and my artwork has been on display in restaurants and galleries in the Phoenix and Cleveland areas.
I attended Kent State University in Ohio. I majored in Art Education and received two minors in fine art and education. I graduated from High School in Ohio also, and was selected to participate in a professionally oriented Art Program. It was this program and the wonderful teachers that taught it that inspired me to become an Art Teacher.