Calaveras

16×20 Acrylic on Canvas

Inspired by an art lesson I teach around this time of year about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  I really enjoy this lesson because it teaches what Dia de los Muertos is really about, and we get to draw skulls.  Most people think this holiday is pretty much the same as Halloween, which is further from the truth.  Dia de los Muertos is a religious holiday in which families gather to honor friends and family members who have died.  It combines elements of Catholic as well as Indigenous Mexican religions. This was often done in order to make the assimilation to Christianity easier (fun fact: the date Christmas is celebrated is based on a Pagan holiday).  The prominent symbol is the skull, which represents death.  This holiday is known to be the one day where you don’t need to fear death, but celebrate it, since death as big a part of life as living.

Stenciled Calaveras  on found  11x 14 canvases.  Spraypaint and Acrylic

The easiest way to sadden an art teacher is throwing away your artwork in front of them.  I got tired of students working a class period on a painting, and then throwing it away because they didn’t like it.  So I’ve amassed quite a collection of used canvases from my students, which I have been using from time to time.  They worked perfectly for this series, since it allows each calavera to be quite unique and colorful.

 

 

Stenciled Calaveras  on found  9×12 & 8×10 canvases.  Spraypaint and Acrylic

 

 

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