Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sugar Skulls & Screen Printing

This past week my students and I had fun learning about the cultural history and tradition of Dia de Los Muertos.

While exploring the annual celebration that has taken place in Latin and Mexican cultures for centuries, we learned much about their popular colorful decorations and artwork.

In particular, we worked with making sugar skulls.

In order to create our designs, I taught the kids how to take a vector artwork (our sugar skull outline), create a transparency, develop it on a printing screen, and screen print onto pieces of fabric and t-shirts using fabric printing ink. We heat set the ink and then colored the designs with bright colors using Sharpie markers.

Here are the young masters of creativity at work:

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