Art and informational text come together in this Social Studies integrated Halloween / Day of the Dead art lesson! Learn about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, then combine drawing and collage to create decorative skull masks on paper plate templates. Easy, fun, and informative!
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.
Start by looking at and discussing two self-portraits by Frida Kahlo, follow it up with information about Day of the Dead and mask-making, then extend the lesson by reading a short synopsis of Frida Kahlo’s life and responding to draw and write prompts.
This lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for related read alouds
- suggestions for looking at art by Frida Kahlo
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- kid-friendly directions for making the paper plate skull shape
- step-by-step directions for art-making
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- suggestions for additional reading and writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
Also included is a printable, informational text activity:
Reading About Frida Kahlo
is a one-page synopsis of the artist’s life
Thinking About Frida Kahlo
is a response template that includes written and drawing response opportunities.
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis.
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.
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Day of the Dead Decorative Skull Masks is bundled
with two other lessons in Three Spooktacular Art Lessons for Halloween
Related lessons of interest:
Art Lessons With Autumn Leaves
Harvest Moon Tree Silhouettes
Art With Symmetry
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
Creating Art With Kids
lessons are designed to focus primarily on the creative process. They are intended to be open-ended enough to encourage student creativity and detailed enough to give teachers clear direction.
Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids,
for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.
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