Visual Arts Students from IS 528 Celebrate El Dia De Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)
Students in the after school Visual Arts program at IS 528 in Washington Heights have been working with teaching artist Katherine Toukhy to create work inspired by traditions related to El Dia De Los Muertos.
The group recently took a field trip to Azucarera, a gallery in West Harlem run by artist and NYC public school science teacher Nova Gutierrez. The students experienced the work of two local Latino artists, Andrea Arroyo and Felipe Galindo, whose work highlights very different aspects of Mexican life and culture.
Our group made connections between the work we are doing in class, learning about Dia de los Muertos and drawing skulls and dancing skeletons, with these artists’ visions. Students were also excited to decorate their own sugar skulls and make tissue paper flowers, objects that are both traditionally part of the Dia de los Muertos alters. Special thanks to Alyssa Gutierrez, who hosted our group in the gallery.