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Teacher Workshops

Day of the Dead

Tuesday, October 7, 5:00 - 7:00 PM.

Teacher Workshop presented by Ogden Museum Education and Tulane’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

During this workshop, teachers will receive information on how to incorporate the tradition into their classroom, including a history of the celebration, lesson plans and art projects. Artist Cynthia Ramirez, will also speak about the traditional elements of altar building.

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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 ebalkin@ogdenmuseum.org, or call (504) 539-9608.

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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