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Humboldt Students Generate, Discuss, and Develop Ideas

Humboldt High School Mascot

Humboldt High School Mascot

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.
A student explains his ideas for his ofrenda to a museum staff member

A student explains his ideas for his ofrenda to a museum staff member.

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.
Sketches for the ofrenda one student is planning to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sketches for the ofrenda one student is planning to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students label their crates with their name and school before beginning to create their ofrendas inside.

Students label their crates with their name and school before beginning to create their ofrendas inside.

 

 

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