Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Day of the Dead Ceramic Tiles

Today we discussed the meaning of the Day of the Dead, and its cultural heritage. In brief the Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos is a Mexican and Latin American holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, and in many Spanish speaking countries.

Día de Muertos is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey (source Wikipedia).

In our class we will be focusing on the style of this traditional folk art of Mexico.

The style is very unique and incorporates festive colors and uses various designs. Students asked if they are relegated to just depicting skulls. Students are asked to create an image that exemplifies the style of the artwork, and the image that they use is completely up to them.

We also reviewed ceramic tools and terminology today. We also discussed the art term relief.

Assignment:
Research and develop two 6"x6" sketches that best exemplify Día de Muertos folk art.

Create a slab that measures 6"x6" and put it into the provided bags so that in can cure to a leather hardness so that we can carve into it next class!