K12 November E-Newsletter 2022


Dia de Muertos Bajo la Luz de la Luna

We collaborated with the Point Arena Lighthouse to host Moonlight Day of the Dead this week on November 1. A student art exhibit was the heart of the event and featured work from our K-12 students. We also invited other schools to submit artwork for the exhibit.

Hosting the Moonlight Day of the Dead offered a chance to integrate art with cultural studies and science, making it a truly interdisciplinary learning opportunity. High School students in Latin American Art and Spanish discussed the history of Dia de Muertos and the cultural significance of the celebration as well as varied art styles and medium. Agriculture students had a mini-study on floriculture as they made arrangements with locally grown flowers. Cultural Geography moved into their Latin American unit and learned about (and tried!) different foods that are traditionally prepared for Day of the Dead. Our high school students helped to set up the exhibit and hosted a hot chocolate and baked goods sale to support their upcoming Multicultural Field Study to San Francisco.

Monarchs were central to many of the K-8 artistic contributions. The TK-1 class painted paper monarch butterflies that high school students strung on fishing line for hanging in the lighthouse tower. Second and third grade students also learned about the significance of monarchs for Day of the Dead while making prints depicting their identical wing patterns, or as they learned, their bilateral symmetry. The 4th-8th graders spent an afternoon making paper flowers, cempasuchil, with high school art students. They also contributed mask drawings and informational posters about the monarch's migration.

Individuals from the community also made artwork for sharing. We appreciated the enormous support from our community and great turnout on Tuesday!

Ms. Biaggi, our High School Latin American Art and Spanish teacher, took the lead on organizing this year's event - a big THANK YOU for all of her efforts.