Celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead with these decorative masks. Art and informational text come together in this Social Studies integrated art lesson. Learn about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, then combine drawing and collage to create 3D decorative skull masks using paper plates and construction paper scraps.
This art lesson is a great alternative or addition to making jack-o-lantern faces, and can easily be extended to include a lesson on and application of symmetry concepts.
Lesson includes suggestions for observation of two self-portraits by Frida Kahlo and information about Day of the Dead and ideas for writing extensions.
Day of the Dead Decorative Skull Masks is bundled with two other lessons in Three Spooktacular Art Lessons for Halloween
This lesson includes the following:
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- national visual arts standards information
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- - suggestions for looking at art by Frida Kahlo
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for art-making
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- suggestions for writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
Also included in this resource:
• Paper Plate Skull Mask Template Directions - photos of steps for creating the skull shape
• Looking at Famous Art Work - an art reflection worksheet
• About Frida Kahlo - one-page synopsis of the artist’s life
• Thinking About Frida Kahlo - ‘draw and write’ response worksheet
This art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Because I teach in California, this lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
Related Resources and Art Lessons:
Art Lessons With Autumn Leaves
Harvest Moon Tree Silhouettes
Art With Symmetry
More art-making ideas and suggestions:
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
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I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
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