Our Religion topic continues! Yesterday, we looked at the Aboriginal creation story. I found a great video of it on Big Myth.
We discussed the story and how it compared to the others we have looked at. We then looked at Aboriginal art and its features. Using cotton buds, we created our own piece to represent the story:
I'm so pleased with the results! They are really effective and each is unique.
The children worked in pairs. I wasn't sure that would work for an art project, but it really did. They discussed what motif to use and their colour scheme, then one of them lightly sketched just the main image while the other got the paints they needed. They then had to work together, discussing who was doing which part and having to take care not to get in each other's way. It was lovely to see them chatting together and helloing each other! They really politely gave each other tips for improving their technique. I also enjoyed seeing their patterns evolve - they didn't pre-sketch those, just went straight in with the cotton buds.
In Religion, we are learning about creation stories from different religions and cultures. We read about the Hindu story of the lotus flower growing from Vishnu and being used by Brahma to create the world. We then made tissue paper lotus flowers to symbolise creation.
We layered squares of tissue paper, 1 green, 4 pink or white then 1 yellow on top, slightly smaller than the others. Concertina them (like a fan) and tie a green string around the middle. Cut the ends of the 'fan' into points. Open out the fan carefully, then gently pull up one layer at a time, shaping as you go. Lotus flower! Easily adapted to make other flowers by changing the shape of the cuts and the colours, or into pompoms by pulling out from both top and bottom (like on my board). Pretty!
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