A group of year 8 students have explored through printmaking the Dia de los Muerdos (Day of the Dead) Festival which is held each year in Mexico to honour those that are dead. Students researched rituals and traditions associated with this festival and the traditional ‘Papel Picado’ (Perforated Paper), which are buntings of paper decorated with images of the dead having a joyful time. Students used this theme to honour some special artists that are now dead in their own version of a papel picado. They turned the image of a skull into features associated with their artist such as objects that are commonly used in their artworks or even the type of hair style they had. All students created lino carvings and created a ‘reduction print’, whereby they print their design in a colour, then carve more than print in another colour over it. The flags are a great success and honour those that have passed away.
Ms Kate Lymn