Teaching art in an environment as diverse as ours really is a joy and a privilege! Not only am I never in need of a topic (we literally sometimes have a celebration every other week 😀) but I also get to research and dig into different types of art that I might not ordinarily do and bring it to my art kiddos!
So this week the focus is on Diwali as our Hindu brothers and sisters are about to celebrate the Festival of Lights! For our project we took a look at Rangoli... This is not my first rodeo into Rangoli 😂 check out the last time here... But we're doing it differently this time.
They made some lovely designs drawing them free hand and then filled them in with colored salt to mimic the powder used in the real deal. Then they outlined with black glue to add a bit of KAPOW! Don't bother looking that up guys, it's another one of my growing list of nonsense words that the kids seem to love!
The finished product pics were still wet but when the liquid evaporates the salt crystals dry and harden and the result is a fairly durable little decoration.
My Doodlebugs also got into Diwali mode this afternoon as we spoke about what Diwali means to the Hindu community. We looked at pictures of the Temple by the Sea and then they painted a simplified version to what the Picassos are doing :)
Very sweet results! Take a look.
I was looking for a unique way to acknowledge Divali this year and came across this practice called Rangoli Art. This amazing video shows some artists at work creating some intricate designs using coloured chalk.
To mimic this result I got some simple rangoli designs and let the kids transfer them onto black paper. Once the designs were down they coloured them in using chalk pastels! It was the first time many of them used chalk pastels so of course there were multi-coloured hands and lots of smudging but it was a fun process and it's only our first foray into this new medium.
The results were stunning though... Shubh Divali... in advance!
Thursday Picassos took their turn at our Rangoli art project!
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 :)