2nd grade learned about Molas from Panama and then made their own paper Molas.
2nd grade has spent the last two weeks learning about woodblock printed fabric from India. Last week they made their own stamps (or blocks) from a piece of wood and a sponge and this week they carefully lined up their stamp to make a repeating design with paint on a piece of fabric. I was really impressed with how carefully and thoughtfully they all stamped their fabric.
In October, the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie’s Island graciously donated 35 fresh Bird House gourds to us. 2nd grade has been anxiously watching them dry all year and have been really excited to watch their progress every time they come to art. Last week, they were finally ready and being able to use them was a fitting way for 2nd grade to end their year in the Art Room. They learned that in Africa, dried Calabash Gourds are used to make things such as bowls, cups, bottles, etc. We studied the designs on African Calabash and then painted similar designs on our bowls. Below are some pictures of the gourds throughout the year and some of the finished bowls.
The gourds when they were fresh.
The gourds after they were dry.
Some of the finished Calabash Bowls.
2nd Grade learned about Rangoli from India. Every morning women in Southern India begin their day by drawing a symmetrical design called rangoli on the ground in front of their homes as a symbol of welcome. We went outside and 2nd grade attempted their own rangoli using chalk. I heard lots of positive comments from the teachers and one even told me it looked so welcoming so good work 2nd grade!
2nd Grade learned about Parols (Star Shaped Lanterns) from the Philippines. Parols are a very important symbol of Christmas that reminds Filipinos of the Star of Bethlehem. Communities and families get together to make Parols to hang in their windows every Christmas Season much as we get together to decorate our Christmas Trees in the United States. I hope you’ve had a chance to see 2nd Grade’s Parols on the bulletin board in the school entry way. They did a fabulous job on them!