Every year, the Tyler Museum of Art holds a student exhibition for middle school students in the East Texas area. The goal of the exhibition is for middle school students to learn about the cultural festivities of Día de los Muertos. Then, the students create artworks that exhibits the cultural iconography of the holiday. When the artworks are completed, the teachers will select the pieces that will be exhibited in the museum’s classroom and the Family Corner of the lobby.
This year, we had 18 school districts in the East Texas area and a total of 743 students participate in the exhibition. Their work ranged from three-dimensional ofrendas and alebrijes to two-dimensional compositions that show the connection between Dia de los Muertos iconography and art historical themes.
The exhibition opened on October 31st, 2021, and it will close on November 7th, 2021. A flyer for the event can be downloaded in the link below.
Additionally, the museum has a lesson plan that explains the history and iconography of Día de los Muertos. It contains the Texas TEKS for elementary, middle, and high school art teachers. The lesson plan can be accessed here. Or, it can be downloaded in the link below.
Here is an overview of the 2021 Middle School Día de los Muertos Exhibition:
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