Bob Marley, El Santo, and More

Students at El Colegio are working on Phase 2  of the Young People’s Ofrendas project – Turning Ideas Into Images. They are sketching, sculpting, writing, and researching as they make artistic decisions about how to best represent the people they have chosen to honor with their ofrendas.

Some students find it easier to write about the person they are honoring early in the process, rather than waiting until the end when they will be asked to write and record an Artist’s Statement. Last week when we visited, Maya was writing about her grandparents. She’s also begun to paint her crate and make choices about what to put inside.

Jordi and Lalo are dedicating their ofrendas to people they admire, but never knew. Jordi likes the message of Bob Marley’s reggae music and is drawing inspiration from the colors of the Jamaican flag.

El Santo, a Mexican luchador (professional wrestler) and actor, died before Lalo was born. He is watching El Santo’s movies and doing research online to find images and symbols for his ofrenda. On our recent visit, Lalo was sculpting the mask El Santo wore in the ring out of clay.


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