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 😍
Well the Doodlebugs came they glittered and I guess I'll have to admit they conquered! They finished off their Jaipur Elephants in fine style, using all the embellishments I laid out before them... every. last. scrap. LOL.
Take a look and see how they painted their patterns and glittered and bedazzled their masterpieces! Great job Doodlebugs :)
Happy Indian Arrival Day everyone!
If you want to see the first part of this lesson you can check it out here.
The Picassos finished off their Jaipur Elephants with great flair! I reminded them about how elaborate the designs were and how colourful they looked, we looked at some more pictures and then I put out some materials.
They had access to paints, gems, glitter and pieces of scrap paper and even a type of burlap cloth. They went about decorating all in their own unique style and used the materials in their own creative way!
To see the first part of the lesson see here.
This year for Indian Arrival Day we are casting our eyes across the shores to look at one of the traditions of the country that we have to thank for this very special holiday! In India elephants are highly respected and revered because of the Hindu God Ganesh. Every year there is a parade called the Elephant Festival and these animals are pampered and primped in all sorts of gorgeous finery before they are led through the streets for people to admire.
The Picassos took a look at some pictures and even a little video clip of this festival and they really focused on the patterns, colours and even materials used to dress up the elephants. Then they got down to drawing the elephant from the angle they chose. Next week they will finish them off with all their finery to look just like they stomped out of Jaipur!
To celebrate Indian Arrival Day I thought we could turn our attention to one of the beautiful and colourful traditions of India... the Elephant Festival. The Doodlebugs looked at pictures of these majestically adorned creatures while I explained that in India the elephant is greatly respected and revered because Hinduism is the main religion in India and Hindus believe that the elephant-headed God Ganesh is the most important God of all!
Some of them had never seen this before and they were amazed by all the colours and of course they were full of questions. My favourite was "Aunty, how do they get the elephants to sit still long enough to paint them?" Huh? Honestly I must confess this is one of the reasons I love talking to children lol! Their perspective is so fresh and simple that it renews your sense of wonder!
Anyway, after checking out the pictures of these beautifully adorned creatures they got down to making our very own interpretation of them! Today we focused on making the elephant and the first layer of the border and in the next class they will decorate them Jaipur style!
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 :)