On Nov. 7, the Student
Chapter of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) gave a Children’s
workshop on Day of the Dead.
The five members of
the NAEA Children’s Workshop were Kathryn Close (president), Liz Frank (vice-president),
Abby Krick, Leah Lavrine, and Beth Brenchak. All from the Department of Art.
The workshop started
out with lively Spanish music as the five members of the NAEA waited for the
young participants to arrive. The workshop began with a story time video on “A Gift for Abuelita.” The short video was an adaption from
the book by the same title.
The video was an excellent choice as it helped the children
process loss of a loved one, such as the character Abuelita. Though there is sorrow, the video explained the meaning of
Day of the Dead through Rosita, the main character. Rosita learns of reuniting
with Abuelita on Day of the Dead; therefore,
there is joy at the end of the video.
After the short video, the five NAEA members took the children to the University Museum for a tour and
to get inspired from the Latin American art pieces.
Although, the workshop was for young children, some IUP
students wandered in to the workshop. They were curious about it. They joined
the activities too. When asked what they thought of the workshop, a similar
response resonated from all of them: “It’s relaxing.” Indeed the environment
was serene, returning back to a time where only colored glue and cutting paper were
the issues at hand.
The activities of the
day were making paper flowers and making paper skeletons while munching on a
snack and listening to Spanish music in the background.
Before anyone could blink an eye, the workshop was over. Or
perhaps being around the stress free little people, time didn’t matter in the peaceful
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