With this clay project we discussed and looked at the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead and artwork associated with this holiday. We focused on the sugar skull and looked at a variety of different skulls and listed similarities we found in all of them.
I then demonstrated how to cut a skull shape from a slab of clay and how to use clay tools and found objects to press skull features and patterns into the slab to represent a sugar skull.
The pieces were left out to dry completely, fired in the kiln and then we used watercolor paint to finish our pieces with colorful patterns. My teaching partner Michelle Sauer found the idea for this project on Pintrest with no website link and shared it with me.