Presbyterian School’s 3rd and 4th Grade Spanish Art Club created unique works of art that have been included in Lawndale Art Center’s Dia de los Muertos exhibit.
The Dia de los Muertos exhibit is Lawndale’s 25th annual celebration honoring the Day of the Dead. The exhibit will be on display from October 22, 2012- November 10, 2012.
Eleven Presbyterian School 3rd and 4th grade students met after school for over six weeks to work on individual works of art and a large collaborative work of art. Their work included Calaveras (skeletons/skulls), un tapete de arena y flores (a sand and flower rug), tumbas decoradas (decorated gravesites), and árboles de la vida (trees of life sculptures).
Students found inspiration for their Dia de los Muertos artwork as they reflected upon and told stories about loved ones who had passed away. Third grader, Tanner Watson, made a tree of life sculpture in honor of his lifelong companion Mattie, who recently passed. His dedication read, “I dedicate this sculpture to my dog Mattie. She has been with me my whole life. I have played with her and sat on a curb with her and fed her. She has been loved my by whole family. Please say your prayers for her.”
The Day of the Dead honors departed ancestors with great respect, fond memories, bright colored flowers such as marigolds and chrysanthemums and a sumptuous feast.
Lawndale’s Día de los Muertos celebration continues with a Saturday Family Day Fiesta on November 3 from noon-4 p.m. All families are invited to enjoy refreshments and children’s activities such as cutting papel picado and decorating sugar skulls, along with performances by the Houston Grand Opera, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico and Paedarchy Puppets.
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