Humboldt Students Generate, Discuss, and Develop Ideas
Tuesday, September 17
Students in Sarah Milazzo’s sculpture class at Humboldt High School worked in small groups during our recent visit to the home of the Hawks. They answered discussion questions about the meaning of “ancestor” and how ancestors are thought of and honored in Mexico and in the students’ own families.
Once each student recorded answers to the discussion questions in his or her notebook, the next step was to create two sketches of ideas for their own ofrenda. Students will make personal works of art inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead.
By the end of the class, students who completed their preliminary sketches got to select a wooden fruit crate to use as the container for their ofrenda. The crate is not a traditional element of Mexican ofrendas; it was adopted for this project when it began in 2008 as a reference to the first waves of Mexican immigrants to Minnesota, many of whom were migrant agricultural workers. It’s proven to be a great way for students to create ofrendas that can be easily transported between school and museum and that can be hung on the wall in the museum for exhibition.