Celebrating Dia de los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos translates to “Day of the Dead” and s a celebrations of life to honor our family and friends who have passed away. It is a tradition founded in Mexico, but it is celebrated around the world as a fiesta, not a day of sadness.
At Cedar Valley Middle School, the students and faculty have crafted a modern take on this fiesta with their Glow Gallery open on Friday, November 1, 2019 til 6pm. Led by visual arts faculty member, Lou Ann Covington, their gallery features traditional symbols of the Dia de los Muertos. Sugar Skulls (Calaveras): Traditionally made of sugar, they are artistic representations of family members. Mrs. Covington’s artists incorporated personal symbols and a variety of art materials to create the skulls viewed on the gallery panels. Collaboration is a key in 21st Century learning, and mrs. Covington has worked with other teachers to craft additional elements to the Glow Gallery including:
Digital skulls displayed on laptops – Mrs. McNabb’s technology students.
Papel Picado* displayed from the ceiling by student in Sra. Blanton’s and Sra Weikel’s classes.
Ofrenda: The offering – their tble is a collection of traditional items such as portraits, flowers, treats, and candles. The portraits viewed represent famous deceased artists. All items on and around the ofrenda were made by 6th and 7th grade artists.
Papel Picado: translates to “pecked paper.” These ceiling elements represent the wind and fragility of life.
Marigolds: Are believed to guide the spirits to he family through their vivid colors and pungent scent.