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4th Grade – Sugar Skulls with Black Glue & Chalk

4th Grade – Sugar Skulls with Black Glue & Chalk

I love teaching Day of the Dead!  Sugar Skull are a favorite to make, I have taught them in many ways.  This year I decided to make them BIG and with black glue.  Maybe not the smoothest process, but the end results are great.

Day 1 – Students traced the large Sugar Skull pattern and added large designs with pencil.  Then, outlined everything with black glue, (I mix 1/2 gallon of Elmers Glue All and 1 cup of India Ink – it takes for 100 students 1 gallon).  These may need to have a fan on low on them over night.  It was humid this fall, these took a whole day to dry.

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Day 2 – Blending with chalk pastels. Once the chalk started to fly, the dust did cover the balck glue more than I expected, even with painting water on first. It helps control the dust and smudging, but I still thought they needed something else.  So…

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Day 3  – We Outlined them with black India Ink on top of the glue.  It helped! They all look very finished and unique!

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