Day of the Dead, Skulls

Inspired by the Day of the Dead celebrated in South American countries, such as Mexico, the Gifted and Talented Art Club created drawings and clay sculptures of skulls using this colourful style.


We first learnt how to draw a skull shape, thinking carefully about the shapes and angles of our lines. We then created individual patterns and details to decorate our drawings.

Next, we discussed the shapes of our own skulls and how each part of them would be differently shaped and sized. We talked about how our eyesockets would look more exaggerated without the eyes and how our foreheads are actually much bigger than they seem. We then used air-drying clay to form our sculpture, smoothing with our fingers to make the surface as smooth as possible.


Finally (after letting them dry), we painted and decorated the sculptures, using our drawings as inspiration.