Dia de los Muertos, which translates to Day of the Dead, is celebrated throughout Latin America and increasingly in the United States. Each year, on November 2nd, people visit the graves of those who have passed, bringing with them flowers, food, pictures, and the iconic sugar skulls. These intricate and colorful treats are made from sugar, cast in molds, and decorated by hand.
Fifth graders created their own sugar skull motifs and printed them in relief. Relief printing is a process by which material (in this case, rubber), is removed from the printing plate, so that the raised areas collect ink, while the recessed areas show the color of the printing paper. Students experimented printing with different colored papers and ink.