Día de los Muertos - Satellite Student Exhibitions

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Alvin High School
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Teachers
Jonna Flores and Karin Stensrud

Students
Art 1, Ceramics, Fibers and Sculpture Classes

El Amor Es Más Fuerte Que La Muerte

This wedding represents the eternal nature of romantic and familial love. Our students enjoyed creating the characters, their costumes, the chapel, and all its decorations by hand and with love. They based their concept on what they liked best about their study of El Día de los Muertos, which was the idea that love is forever and those who are loved are never lost as long as we remember them. Sculpture students created the skeletons using foil, plaster and papier-mâché. They were able to dress their skeletons using fabrics, beads, and accessories. They really enjoyed designing their skeletons with instruments and giving them their own personalities. Fibers students designed papel picado based on a relative, memory, or traditional design. Ceramics students created ceramic sugar skulls for the wedding characters. And all the Art 1 students designed pinch-pot style bells to hang inside the chapel and paper-quilled sugar skulls for the steeple. This collaboration is a celebration of our diverse student community and our respect for each other’s heritage and traditions.

Alvin High School

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Clear View High School
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Teacher
Myla Holland

Students
Jonah Barton, Christian Blanco, Nicholas Brown-Wilkerson, Christian Calaycay, Jerani Campbell-Stokes, Teaghan Cumins, Kasey Deacon, Elissa Deiss, Zion Diskin-Whitfield, Brandon D'Onofrio, Chase Dykowski, Joshua Fornof, Kole Fosher, Kayleb French, Ilias Garcia, Natalie Garcia, Spencer Guth, Elizabeth Halla, Sierra Hansen, Clayton Hatfield, Jeremiah Hayes, Leanne Helms, Thelma Henriquez Paz, Kailee Hinojosa, Kimberly Hougland, Melody Jenks, Aleni Kaldis, Dwight Kovich, Cody Lehnert, Tyler Lehnert, Sean Lindsey, Hans London, Aleyda Macias, Mallory Malish, Tawana Mathews, Dylan McFerren, Merrik Medrano, Brydon Meredith, Pranvera Mullai, Gavin Ochs, Jack Ownby, Noel Parada, Braeden Parnell, Autumn Pendleton, Alexander Perez, Alyssa Powell, Colin Richerson, Alyssa Rodriguez, Casey Smith, Austin Spears, Brant Villar, Samantha Willis, and Jessica Willits.

As an art teacher at Clear View High School, I want my students to experience art from many different cultures. Our Día de los Muertos project is bright and colorful and offers the use of many art media. Additionally, this project offers students the opportunity to reflect on their own personal experiences and share those in a culturally meaningful way.

While many of my advanced art students chose to create and contribute masks out of clay, scratch art designs, and fine art drawings to our collective exhibit, my first year art students created shoe box altars. These designs were especially sentimental for the students. Many of these alters represented family members close to the students, and that connection is reflected in the work including projects honoring grandfathers, cousins and a recently deceased brother. In some cases, such as the student who is drawing for her severely ill grandmother, this project has been especially therapeutic.

Other students took a much more lighthearted approach to the project and decided to use characters from cartoons and video games. One represented the gorilla most celebrated in social media, Harambe, while others represented band members and artists.

I feel that overall we have brought a vibrant and rich culture to our school. We will be sending out invitations to the community members to view the exhibit and plan to serve many Mexican dishes to compliment the traditional Mexican art. Our celebration will take place Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the entrance of our school from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.

Clear View High School

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Cypress-Fairbanks High School
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Teacher
Sarah Hartman

Students
Brianna Burns, Sean Campbell, Grace Cantril, Emily Centnar, Cassandra Clark, Lauren Clooney, Madison Hardee, Seher Khan, Gabriella Sherer, Dale Smith, and Carli Young.

When we heard about the opportunity to participate in the Día de los Muertos show for Lawndale Art Center, my students and I were very excited to participate. This is something that resonates with many of our students at Cy-Fair High School and we were excited to bring a sculpture into the school for the student body to enjoy. We used clear vinyl to create the skeleton. The transparency of the vinyl related to the idea of the thin veil between the living and the passed during this time. The images of the students and faculty’s loved ones bring together the celebration of their life and afterlife. We also included the tissue paper marigolds to show the festive and happy nature of the event. They also decided to place the skeleton in a dancing position to also enhance the festive nature and keep it from being too somber. Several of my students learned the traditions of the celebration and they also learned how to work with a new material. They learned how to be a working artist as they had to orchestrate this entire work – from the proposal, to the creation and the installing within the deadline. This was an excellent opportunity for them and I feel they excelled.

Cypress-Fairbanks School

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Houston Heights High School
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Teacher
Lindsey Lacombe

Students
Allyson Astorga, Andrew Bernabe, Jenna Broussard, Courtney Canchola, Diana Cervantes, Melissa Cruz, Amy Davis, Lydia Garcia, April Garcia, Janel Garza, Dainelle Gonzales, Jasmine Hammer, Marisol Lopez, Jenifer Moreno, Lilliana Navarro, Kelsin Parajon, Katerine Perez, Priscilla Perez, J.D. Phillips, Brittney Rasberry, Daphne Rodriguez, Stacy Soto, and Laura Vina.

See You on the Other Side

On August 19th, 2016 our beloved English teacher of 12 years, Ms. Stacey Gordon, passed away. It was only in May 2016 that she was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In just four short months her bright light faded to black.

She was truly a force to be reckoned with, her subtle influence reaching farther than she realized. Twelve years of students crossed the threshold of her hospice room and into the hearts of her family. She died a week before school began which was difficult, to say the least, for our students. They decided the best way to honor “Ms.G” was to dedicate our entry this year to her.

I believe this project is immensely important to my students, my co-workers, and thousands of people who knew and loved her. Many of them did not get a chance to say goodbye; many of them hoped and prayed she would somehow get better. No one thought she would leave this world so abruptly.

We are a small school where co-workers become extended family and where students are supported like they are our own. When asked about how she was able reach so many students, Ms. Gordon’s reply was always “I just love them, that's it.”

See you on the other side.

Houston Heights High School

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Lovett Elementary School Fine Arts Magnet
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Teachers
Rickey F. Polidore Jr., Shea Precht, and Stephanie Newton

Students
K - 5

Día de los Muertos Altar

Students at Lovett Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School created a Day of the Dead Altar, dedicated to Edgar Odell Lovett, the Founder of Rice University and the campus’ namesake. The Lovett Art Studio comprised of students grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, under the direction of Art Instructor Mr. Rickey Polidore, Jr. assembled their Alter in the School Cafeteria. After reviewing the History and Purpose of Día de los Muertos through classroom discussions, PowerPoints, and art criticism, young artists used various materials to construct the exhibition. Artists used a wide variety of materials ranging from packaging tape to construction paper to create their works of art. Fifth grade students used tape to create three dimensional human replicas representing the souls of the dead. Fourth grade students painted the traditional day of the dead skull using tempera on cardboard. Third grade students drew, painted and constructed skulls on recycled cardstock and cardboard. Second graders used tissue paper to make marigolds and learn the art of “papel picado”, (cut paper). Kindergarten and First Grade students painted foam blocks that were carved by fifth and fourth grade students using various sculpting tools. Students enjoyed power points during class, the colorful artwork created by this cultural tradition, and the wrapping/sculpting of one another using packaging tape. Carving the foam blocks to replicate skulls was a bit challenging for learners as the blocks became stubborn and had to actually be burned using a soldering iron. Using various recycled materials and having the freedom to replicate art from other cultures was the highlight of the project for many of the artists involved. Thank you Ms. Stephanie Newton, and Mrs. Schea Precht for your guidance and assistance. “ART IS EVERYWHERE!!!”

Lovett Fine Arts Elementary

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Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School
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Teacher
Christina Gonzalez

Students
Fidel Argueta, Orian Caldwell, Alina Coulter, Natalia Crowson, Angelina Davalos, Mia Franco, Madeleine Hillerbrand-Magsamen, Jacqueline Montemayor, Vivian Pang, Maya Parani, Benjamin Rozen, Henry Towster, and Zachary Zurita.

Faux Taxidermy Animal Head Sculptures to honor El Día de los Muertos

Students were introduced to the history and culture of the colorful celebration, El Día de los Muertos. They explored the art and methods of papier-mâché and applied these techniques to creating a Faux Taxidermy Animal Head Sculpture. Students partnered up with one another and developed a plan for their project. They selected various wild animals to create a bust from and rendered sketches. It was interesting to see their thought process on deciding how to design their completed piece inspired by Day of the Dead. After completing their sketches/designs, students began to construct their animal head sculptures. Building it up with wire hangers, cardboard and paper along with various tools to work with. Students mixed art paste powder with water producing a gel-like fluid substance, applying it to their sculpture. After the drying time, they completed their sculpture with intricate designs by painting and using gems, marbles, glass beads and silk flowers. The animal head sculptures were then attached using Resin and Epoxy to adhere to a wooden board which was also embellished with various materials. This special group of students learned a lot about working as a team and relying on one another to complete their project successfully by working with good craftsmanship.

Meyerland Middle School

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Pearland High School
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Teacher
Samantha Jowers

Students
Briana Azad, Saami Baig, Brianna Barron, Arianna Beall, Emily Benton, Cheyenne Bland, Dang Bui, James Callaway, Jasmine Casillas, Athena Delancett, Taylor Demsey, Cassidie Gianella, Ansley Grych, Jaryn Hardy, Aja Lavine, Omar Lopez, Matthew Loubiere, Aviana Mars, Riley Martin, Brandon Martinez, Alejandro Moreno, Sydney Nwakanma, Krissy Pena, Edwin Resendez, Lane Robler, Brian Rodriguez, Neama Saood, and Ashlyn Wilson.

For the Art 1 classes, we discussed the tradition of the Mexican Holiday Día De los Muertos. We compared and contrasted funeral arrangements in the United States and Mexico. The students were given the choice of celebrating the life of a loved one who has passed or a famous person who has passed. They created Chunky Row Houses that look like tombstones depicting the life of someone who has passed away. We put an electronic candle and tissue paper flowers in front of each house. For the painting III students, we had the same discussion but they were to paint a more surrealistic painting depicting the life of a loved one but all of the living beings had to be done in skeletal form. We hung those from the ceiling of the glass office along with tissue paper flower garlands. We love our colorful exhibit!!

Pearland High School

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Ridgecrest Elementary
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Teacher
Amy Schmidt

Students
Tabata Araiz, Kate Ayala, Mariana Barcenas Aguillon, Yuvier Borjas, Maya Campos, Layla Colunga, Emily Covarrubias, Abril Escalona, Karen Favela, Dianna Gonzales, Marlette Juarez, Fernanda Morales, Ashley Palacios, Rashel Sapon, Laura Torres, Diana Vasquez, and Olivia Villareal.

Fifth-grade students created their masks from plaster strips which they wrapped and formed around plastic face molds. The students then drew on the masks using pencils and then traced over pencil with permanent marker. Acrylic paints were then applied and sometimes glitter paint was applied on top of the acrylic. The most excitement was generated at the end of the project when students “gilded” their masks with gold and silver oil-based markers, added acrylic gems, and added false eyelashes.

Third and fourth-grade student created favorite food items and “sugar skulls” out of clay and added paint to their work after the ceramics were fired. Some students applied bugle beads to their piece using decoupage glue, others used glitter glue to finish their work.

Ridgecrest Elementary

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St. Stephen's Episcopal School
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Teacher
Jean King

Students
Aubrey Bryan, Maggie Hewitt, Jorleny Orellana, Shehryar Irani, Salvador Rivera, Grey Warren, Parker Brown, Katila Dias, Chloee Houston, Sadler Orellana, Jams Phipps, Princess Matthew, Ruben Milano, Enrico Pamatigan, Ben Powitzky, and Cassandra Wilson.

Calavera is a Spanish word for skull. It is also used to refer to the satirical poems and imagery associated with the Day of the Dead. These calaveras often refer to current events and popular figures, political and otherwise. The high school students created paper cuts about contemporary topics and themes of their choosing. The paper cuts were then placed on top of collage backgrounds made of relevant articles and images.

St. Stephens

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The School at St George Place
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Students
All students, grades Pre-Kindergarten through 5th, participated in the Dia de los Muertos projects. Ms. Anderson 5th, Ms. Thomason 3rd, Mrs. Catoni 5th, Ms. Ms. Tipton 4th, Ms. Muhlherr 3rd, Ms. Bachmayer, and Ms. Wright 2nd.

The Visual Arts Department studied traditional customs for Día de los Muertos. Each student created a Mascara de la Calavera (Skull Mask) using a paper plate as the base. Students also helped assemble an altar in the Visual Arts Room that featured student-made tissue paper flowers and other hand-made offerings.

St. George Place

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YES Prep North Central
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Teacher
Annie McDonald

Students
Lillian Adame, Elena Aguirre, David Amaya, Angel Cabrera, Samantha Castillo, Ashley Chavez, Marlen Corpus, Katherine Delgado, Christopher Galarza, Gisselle Gamez, Alondra Guerrero, Araziel Hernandez, Vanessa Justo, Ashley Mandujano, Anahi Marquez, Leslie Marquez, Jazel Montenegro, Janelli Morones, Kyan Nandlal, Abigail Orozco, Emilio Ramirez, Ronaldo Ramos, Melanie Ruiz, and Cindy Torres.

This exhibition features work from the 7th grade Advanced Art class at YES Prep North Central. These students made skull masks to celebrate and honor the lives of loved ones, pets, or celebrities who have passed away. They used papier-mâché, acrylic paint, felt and feathers to create and adorn their masks. The mask designs contain imagery and colors that they felt best represented the person they chose to honor.

Yes Prep North Central

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YES Prep Southeast - High School
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Teacher
Annie McAllister

Students
Mariana Arroyo, Alondra Banda, Dayan Berrones, Andres Castillo, Mara Cortinas, Lilian De La Rosa, Kassandra Garcia, Miguel Garcia, Victoria Garcia, Alondra Hernandez, Mia Hernandez, Lia Longoria, Victoria Manrique, Carolina Martinez, Nayeli Martinez, Andrew Mata, Irvin Ortega, Pablo Ortega, Berney Pena, Brittney Pena, Sandra Perez, Alexander Posada, Jaime Quijano, Jasalynn Quintanilla, Alyssa Ramirez, Alyssa Rivera, Emily Salinas, Nathan Salinas, Annalice Sandiero, Suzannie Trevino, Andrea Uribe, and Laura Villalobos.

Art I students of Yes Prep Southeast created retablos out of tin and acrylic paint honoring a person or animal that had an impact on their life. Artists’ used imagery that represented the honoree to give the viewer a greater context into the life being celebrated.

YES Prep Southeast

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YES Prep Southeast – Middle School
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Teacher
Jennifer Crancer

Students
Emmanuel Arambula, David Arizmendi, Nidia Arrendondo, Giselle Castilleja, Stephanie Covarrubias, Louis Cuellar, Glenda Diaz, Ingrid Enciso, Marina Munoz, Destiny Prado, Liliana Romero, Jimena Santos, John Teed, Kelly Truong, Kihara Vivia, and Jasmine Zetino.

Students were introduced to the work of Frida Kahlo and used her images to inspire their retablos. All students used a metallic foil to create their retablos and many used acrylic paint to add the vibrant colors! Students enjoyed using a different medium to create work and loved using an artist like Frida to help them achieve their amazing work.

YES Prep Southeast Middle School

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YES Prep West
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Teacher
Rebecca Cook

Students
Giovanni Alanis, Edith Barajas, Eli Barajas Archundia, Bridget Chavez Ceniceros, Kristopher Alfredo Coreas, Diana Janet Diaz-Portillo, Vanya Paola Frias, Alejandro Izquierdo, Eduardo Juarez, Isaiah Israel Nduku, Denisse Athziri Olvera, Dayana Lizbeth Pena, Cristian Ernesto Pena, Deyanira Rios, Freddy Rocha, Brian Alberto Sanchez, Edward Solano, and Katia Marisol Zavala.

The students at Yes Prep West created calaveras using crow-quill dip pens and ink while exploring line styles. Each calavera is unique and represents the culture and personality of the student who made it.

YES Prep West

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