Birch Meadow second graders studied the art of Mehndi. Many of us know this art form as Henna. Henna is the plant in which a dye is made from the leaves and flowers. It is painted on the hands and feet to mark special occasions such as weddings and coming of age ceremonies. It stains the upper layers of the skin and does not penetrate beyond the dead layers of skin. The stain is reddish-brown in color. It is not permanent and fades over time. Mehndi is practiced in Africa, the Indian sub-continent, and the Middle East. African Mehndi designs use geometric shapes and bold patterns on the hands. The African henna is covered in ashes and ammonia compounds to make the stain turn a blackish color. Indian designs are more delicate using thin lines featuring paisley and floral designs covering the hands, forearms, feet and shins. Middle Eastern Mehndi is very large and floral in nature. It covers the hands and feet.
Second graders created their own versions of henna hands and feet.
Fifth Graders at Birch Meadow have completed their Pointillism projects a while ago (see the orginal post here). I finally took some pictures and displayed them in school. Currently, Wood End students are working on this project. Here are the finished results by someof our Birch Meadow friends!
Grade 4 students at WES and BMS have studied Islamic artwork. We took a look at the three common motifs in this type of art which are calligraphy, arabesques, and geometric shape in architecture.
We noticed when we looked at the three different motifs, all of the images connected to each other to create a design. The geometric shapes created tessellations, the calligraphy and the arabesques look like line designs. So we took this idea and we created a name design.
We started with a 12x12 piece of drawing paper and folded it to create a triangle. We folded it two more times after that so that when we opened our work we had 8 triangles on our 12 x 12 sheet.
In one of the triangles, we wrote our name using bubble letters. Letters should touch the top edge and bottom edge of the triangle. This will benefit us in the end because we want our letters to look like they connect to each other when we copy them. Once we have our name placed and fitted in our triangle, we used carbon paper to copy our name in the remaining triangles. When adding color, we used Mr. Sketch (unscented, of course!) markers and colored starting from the enter and working our way outwards in a circle. We are treating our work as if it were a design. We are not looking at our work and coloring individual letters a different color and then coloring the background. This was a hard concept to grasp but we eventually figured it out with a lot of demonstrating and help from me! When finished, we have a design that shows radial symmetry, and that is inspired by Islamic artwork and the 3 motifs we had discussed in the beginning of our lesson.