Phase 1: Honor AncestorsStudents explore how artists around the world have expressed reverence for ancestors in artwork and the importance of Day of the Dead in Mexican culture. They explore ideas and concepts for their ofrendas and choose a subject. The subject can be personal, such as a tribute to a relative or friend, or it can address traditional themes.
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Phase 2: Turn Ideas into ImageThe students visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and tour international artworks from the permanent collection that illustrate reverence for ancestors and attitudes about death. They learn how artists have successfully translated ideas into images as they continue to conceptualize their personal ofrendas.
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Phase 4: Write an Artist’s StatementWith their ofrendas near completion, students write narratives about their ofrendas, which are used as the label texts for the exhibition, printed in both Spanish and English.
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