I have been obsessing over Dia De Los Muertos, as my art students, and my Pinterest board can attest to it.
I was inspired by this picture to create a paper mache skull in the classroom.
Things you will need:
A paper mache recipe, I use flour and water until it is a paste like consistency. But you can check out some more recipes, here
Newsprint, my mom asked a local newspaper company for the end of their newsprint rolls and they gave us three, more than enough (and free) for all my classes
Painters Tape, a neutral color
Permanent Markers (Multi colored)
We created an armature, first with one ball of cardboard for the head, about fist size, then a rectangular crumbled and taped up newsprint piece for the jaw and a small ball of newsprint for the back of the head. We used an ample amount of tape to get them all to stay together.
We cut out circular pieces and a triangle piece of cardboard for the nose and taped it to the skull.
We then added to layers of newsprint covered with paper mache to cover the original newsprint with tape.
We let it dry for a day
We painted the entire skull white with acrylic paint after it was dry and then used color permanent marker to create a symmetrical design.
Got any great Dia De Los Muertos Projects? I would love to hear about them!