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Art class world tour arrives at Day of the Dead

By: Amanda Karioth Thompson, COCA | October 11, 2017

As the art teacher at the Success Academy at Ghazvini Learning Center, David Worrell is looking forward to a global adventure with his students. Taking a cue from writer Jules Verne, he plans to take them around the world in 180 days. They’ve already visited the Amazon rainforest and recently made their way to Mexico. There are no passports and no need to calculate exchange rates because the travel takes place within the art room.

“Each project we do is going to be inspired by art created by some other culture in the world,” Worrell explained. At the beginning of the school year, students studied the vast diversity of butterflies within the South American jungles. They then imagined their own, focusing on bilateral symmetry so the detailed patterns on each wing perfectly mirrored one another.

Worrell then plotted a course north and perfectly timed their arrival in Central America to pay tribute to the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

Students used their knowledge of bi-lateral symmetry to design their own sugar skulls.

These objects serve as a way to honor and celebrate the life of a departed loved one.

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