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Mexican Day of the Dead


Mexico has one of the richest folk art traditions in the world.  One of the great folk art masters was the ceramicist Alfonso Castillo Orta.


Day of the Dead Scrapbook - The days of the dead are truly a celebration of life.  Children dance with caricatures of death, eat skull sugar molds and learn to respect that life is brief, that there is a circle to life and to not fear death. They then are free to enjoy and appreciate every moment.


  • Vanitas
    A still life artwork which includes various symbolic objects designed to remind the viewer of their mortality and of the worthlessness of worldly goods and pleasures.
  • Peter Claesz
    Still-life painter Pieter Claesz (1596/97–1660) probably came from Berchem, near Antwerp.
  • Pieter Claez - Vanitas Still Life
    Still Life With Violin And Glass Ball - 1628. A modern rendition of Pieter Claesz classic painting.
  • Kevin Best - Vanitas Photography
    Kevin Best is reinterpreting the still life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, in a new medium: photography.
  • Memento Mori
    Memento mori - an artwork designed to remind the viewer of their mortality and of the shortness and fragility of human life
  • Harmen Steenwyck
    Vanitas still life painting

Sculpting a Human Skull in Clay


How to Make a Traditional Clay Skull



Dancing lobster, flying knife... The mysteries of love, creativity, war and death played out by the items of a dinner table-come-to-life! 

Iona Pelovska, Artist/Filmmaker 

Michael Zavros


Michael Zavros


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