Kohl’s Family Sundays: Día de los Muertos
Welcome to a special online version of our popular family event: Kohl’s Family Sundays. Today we will be celebrating Day of the Dead. Explore the symbols of the day as you enjoy a bilingual story time, make art with local artists, learn about traditional baked goods, and listen to mariachi music. See the special ofrendas made by students from Escuela Vieau in memory of loved ones who have passed. Discover art in the Museum’s collection. And, we want to see what YOU make.
Story Time: The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos: A Bilingual Celebration, by Bob Barner
Follow (and sing!) along as Ms. Melanie, children’s librarian from the Milwaukee Public Library, reads a picture book about Day of the Dead in English and Spanish. Want to learn more? Check out Ms. Melanie’s top five book choices for Día de los Muertos:
- Día de los Muertos, by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illustrated by Charles Ballesteros
- Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, by Duncan Tonatiuh
- La Catrina: Emotions-Emociones, by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein
- Día de los Muertos, by Hannah Eliot, illustrated by Jorge Gutierrez
- Little Skeletons/Esqueletitos: Countdown to Midnight (Canticos), by Susie Jaramillo
Join local artists in their studios as they lead art-making activities for the whole family.
DIY Mini Ofrenda
Artist Debbie Sajnani shares their design process, and shows you how to make a mini ofrenda.
Materials: illustration (below), colored pencils, scissors, glue stick
Optional: markers, glitter, sequins
Papel Picado Print
Printmaker Alynn Guerra takes you through how to print a special Day of the Dead–themed design on a t-shirt.
Materials: copy of the design (below), Speedy Carve plate, lino cutter set, printmaking ink for fabric, soft brayer (printmaking roller), spatula or flexible putty knife, 4B pencil, pen, inking slab (a piece of glass or acrylic), t-shirt, newspaper, rags or paper towel for clean up
Corn Husk Marigold
Artist Yesica Coria shares her sculptures, and shows you how to make a marigold out of corn husks.
Materials: corn husks (found at Mexican grocery stores), dye (orange, yellow, and green), spray bottle filled with water, string, scissors, wooden stick, hot glue gun and glue, floral tape
Artist Ceci Tejeda teaches you how to make a papier-maché skeleton.
newspaper strips, aluminum foil, engrudo (1 cup flour, 1½ cup hot water, 1 tsp. sugar; keep refrigerated), pencil, paints, and brushes
Day of the Dead Baked Goods
Watch as Jorge and Cindy Lopez craft traditional Day of the Dead bread and cookies at Lopez Bakery & Restaurant, located on Historic Mitchell Street.
Listen as the Mariachi Monarcas de Milwaukee perform El Caporal.
Student Art Exhibition
See ofrendas made by elementary and middle school students from Escuela Vieau.
Take a Tour
Join Dianne for a virtual tour highlighting works by Mexican and Mexican American artists in the Museum’s collection.
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