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qqqqqqqqqqqq q T ~ he sixth-grade art curriculum includes world cultures and the art-history timeline. This lesson was created as we were developing relevant projects. We also presented it at an Ohio Art Education Association fall conference as part of our thematic unit, “Art of the Himalayas.” As teachers, we were fascinated by the annual Jaipur Elephant Festival in Rajasthan, India, and thought a related project would be great for our students. Students were intrigued to learn that for millennia, elephants have held an important place in Indian society. Lord Ganesha—featured on this month’s cover and as the Clip & Save Art Print—is a popular Hindu deity with the head of an elephant and a human body. He is greatly revered and, among many other things, is the lord master of all ceremonies and happy beginnings. Elephants are part of many major religious ceremonies, processions—and even marriage ceremonies. Day 1 To begin this lesson, we shared with students images of Indian elephants decorated for festivals and other events. The children were so excited when we told them they were going to make festival elephants of their own. Students first traced an elephant shape on one side (there were eight tracers to choose from, all different poses) then they created a “texture” on their paper with black and white tempera paint. Some may frown on the use of tracers, but the focus of this lesson was creating a uniquely embellished, festive elephant. If there is time, a contour drawing aspect could easily be added, with the children drawing their own elephant outlines. Day 2 We discussed the designs we saw the class before, used to decorate the elephants. In India, people also put materials such as sequins, bells, jewels and tassels on them—they even paint the elephants’ toenails! Students cut their elephants out, and added ears and tails. With white oil pastels, they drew designs on them and, in the final step of the day, painted them with fluorescent paint. Day 3 To decorate our elephants, we first added burlap blankets, then ribbons, jewels, sequins and pompoms. What fun the students had making fringes, and adding embellish- The sixth-grade artists were thrilled to be making festive Indian elephants of their own. NATIONAL STANDARDS • • • Understand and apply media, techniques and processes. Understand the visual arts in relation to history and culture. Choose and evaluate a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas. MATERIALS • • • • • • • • 16 Images of Indian Festival Elephants Black and white tempera paintbrushes and sponges Burlap, sequins, acrylic jewels, pompoms, ribbon, etc. Tacky glue Construction paper Flourescent paint Oil pastels december 2012 • 80 years x

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