Scratch Skulls (calavera) are a novel multicultural project which can be used to explore ‘The Day of the Dead’.
Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is on November 2nd. This Mexican holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico and in the United States, and it focuses on remembering and celebrating friends and family members who have passed away. Traditions include building private altars called ofrendas, honouring those who have passed using calavera, aztec marigolds, and the favourite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.
Other study links include the human body and Halloween
To use these Scratch Skull shapes simply scratch into the black coating using the included wooden tools to reveal the colourful floral pattern underneath.
Design Sizes – Approx 14 cm X 10.3cm and made form 250gsm card
This class pack includes six skull shapes (4 of each) and 24 wooden scratch tools.
Elements of Art:
Scratch Shapes provide the ideal way for students to explore and develop the elements of line, pattern and shape. Lines are varied, they can be straight, curved, close together, form shapes, and used to create patterns.
1. Vary the thickness and direction of lines to create emphasis and movement
2. Repeat and combine different lines to create new symbols.
3. Combine line and shape to fill a background space.
4. Lines can be used to make shapes and type both geometric and organic.
5. Areas scratched out around and between shapes can be used to highlight positive and negative areas.
6 . A pattern is created when any mark or line is repeated. Patterns created from line and shapes can create the look of texture, such as scales on a reptile or pebbles on a pathway.