Day of the Dead Skull Paintings

Day of Dead filterMy older students are drawing and tracing symmetrical Day of the Dead skulls this week, but that’s a little too advanced for kinder and first graders. Their focus goes to drawing a skull filled with lots of shapes and adding colorful paint.

I found some industrial sized coffee filters at my local restaurant supply store, and pressed them flat with an old steam iron. A simple skull drawing was taped to the backside, and students traced it with a large Sharpie marker. Lots of shapes (hearts, stars, diamonds, etc.) were drawn inside the skull, and then covered with liquid watercolor. I just can’t get over how watercolor paint on coffee filters looks like you bought some expensive high end paper. It never fails to amaze me!

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