The paisley pattern is a design used in fabrics and wall art. It is composed of a teardrop shaped motif with a curved upper end. Many forms of the paisley design originates from India. The design was originally called a buta or boteh which means flower.
Today the Doodlebugs explore the colours and patterns of India as they create their own giant paisley!
For Indian Arrival Day this year I thought the Picassos and I should practice some of the words the East Indians brought to Trindad! So I had them calling out the words they knew and I got quite a list! In one particular class I had a few kiddos who were eager to write down the words they knew and share with the class! So we learned several words and phrases in Hindi and Sanskrit not to mention how to count up to 14... yup my lil buddy couldn't go higher than that but hey... neither can I! LOL (Shout out to Anjaana, Pavan and Hayley!! Thanks for sharing with us!)
But today we were going to focus on some very special ones... our Nani and Nana or Ajji and Ajja. These are the maternal and paternal grandparents. We imagined Indian grandparents (in their younger days) posing for a portrait before they left their homeland for new adventures.
This was a very cool project because not only do they get to draw a seated person, so they get to practice drawing limbs and think about how to represent the body in different positions, but they also get to use patterns and colours that are common in Indian fabrics, so they got to do a tiny bit of research using my computer and phone in class. So of course this makes for a very gorgeous art piece! Not to mention a chance for us to explore what patterns and colours are native to India. See for yourself 😍
You can tell from that snippet that this book is a joy to read but we were also inspired by little Ada so we did our own experiment! The Doodlebugs got to see the effects of chromatography (yup you should hear them say chromatography y'all... Cute!😆) and then of course we used our experiment to create our beautiful art! Art and Science can make the best of friends!
Our little chromatography experiment turned into a butterfly which we stuck onto our flowers!
Halcian Pierre describes herself as a Caribbean Neo-Pop artist, but she is so much more than that. She's a true Trinbagonian cultural being. She has acted, created a cartoon series for a daily newspaper and last but not least of course she paints wonderful and vibrant Caribbean images that leave you thinking of Romero Britto but these are so familiar they are even cooler to look at!
The kids got to see an array of her paintings and then they were challenged to draw and paint one of her pieces. They aren't going to paint it exactly as she did though. They drew along with me and then painted independently, using what they learned of her style as a guide. I wanted to give them the freedom to put a bit of themselves into it but using her style and vibrant colours.
For Mother's Day this year all my kiddos will be presenting their mamas with a box of chocolates... well sort of :) They were inspired by Cocobel chocolates which just happen to be my all time fav locally-made little pieces of heaven! 😬
We created molds of plaster chocolates and made a papier mache heart shaped box for them to go home in. Sorry moms you can't eat these chocolates, but they sure do look like the real deal! You can have some fun with your guests for a long time to come... LOL!
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)