Spurgeons Young Carers
Day of the Dead
Project Length: 1.5 hours
Theme: Day of the Dead/Painting/Collage
Age group: 7 - 18
I ran two days of workshops for Spurgeons Young Carers during October half term on the theme of the Mexican Day of the Dead. The first day was for ages 13 - 18 and focused on painting, the second day was for ages 7-12 and focused on collage.
Young people paint patterns on pre-prepared plaster skulls.
A selection of finished masks.
I chose this theme as a slightly different take on Halloween, which had been requested by the staff at Spurgeons. My workshop was one of the activities on offer at the 'MAD Day' run by the organisation and featuring many different types of workshops and classes. The idea with the art workshops is a bit of light relief and fun for the young people, who make something they can take home with them at the end of the day.
All the workshops were an hour and a half in duration, and I ran eight over the course of the two days. For the first day the young people were working on painting a plaster cast of a skull in a style inspired by Day of the Dead imagery I provided. They were encouraged to think about their hobbies or favourite things, and use these as themes to design the patterns. These could then be embelished with coloured stick-on jewels.
Similar to the first day, the second day was aimed at younger participants, who decorated a black cardboard cut out of a skull with Day of the Dead inspired patterns, again based on their own interests, likes and dislikes. The skulls could be decorated with various different styles of paper, and stick-on jewels.