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Deconstructing Día de los Muertos in the Classroom.

October 7th 6PM - 8PM

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Tulane University's Stone Center for Latin American Studies presents a workshop to introduce teachers to the history of Día de los Muertos. The workshop will highlighting local resources, explore the history of the celebration, and examine how the tradition is celebrated throughout Latin America and Mexico today. All participants will receive light refreshments, teaching materials, CEUs, and two free admissions to the Ogden After Hours Day of the Dead celebration (value of $25) Thursday, October 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Lesson Plans

Developed to address Common Core Curriculum standards for K-12 students, as well as Louisiana Arts Benchmarks and Standards, these lesson plans are intended to be used in tandem with a museum tour.

In order to schedule a tour for your class, contact Ellen Balkin, Education Coordinator, at, or call (504) 539-9608.

Clementine Hunter Pre/Post Tour Resource Packet:

This resource packet includes biographical information about the artist, discussion prompts and two visual arts lesson plans for students engaging with the work of Clementine Hunter. For questions or to book a tour that connects to this resource packet, please contact Ellen Balkin, Education Coordinator, or 504.539.9608.
Resource Packet

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

These lessons can be adapted for all ages. Students will learn about the tradition of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a celebration for the people of Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America and for Mexican Americans. The history of Day of the Dead is a hybridization of indigenous and Spanish customs. Instead of grieving the loss of a loved one, this tradition commemorates the lives of those who have passed on and welcomes the return of their spirits. Today, Day of the Dead has been increasingly celebrated among Latinos in the United States and this unique celebration has expanded into Southern cultural understanding.
Calaveras (Sugar Skulls) Lesson Plan
Making Cempasúchil (Marigolds)
Papel Picado Lesson Plan

Literacy & Landscapes

This lesson plan is intended for students in grades 6 - 12. Students will become familiar with landscape painting, different methods of creative writing, and the collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
PDF Lesson Plan

Art Detectives - Exploring Portraits

This lesson is intended for students in grades 2 - 8. Students will become familiar with portraiture and be able to think critically about the people represented in them. Students will be able to view the Ogden’s collection with a greater sense of understanding and appreciation.
PDF Lesson Plan

Art & Literature: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and Selected Works from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, the Newberry Award-winning book by Mildred D. Taylor, students get a first-hand look at life during the Great Depression. Issues of race, segregation, and poverty are survived by the narrator’s developing sense of family and love of the land. Likewise, art from the era or about the era explores many of the same issues and themes. Here, visual art makes powerful connections to literature and the larger social implications that allow contemporary students to meaningfully explore another time in American history.
PDF Lesson Plan

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