Last week, we began our fifth Pathways rotation; Mrs. David and I are co-teaching Global Arts, which we created to help students learn the culture and history behind art from around the world, while also having the opportunity to create. This year, we are focusing on festivals and holidays around the world. Students are learning about the history, rituals, traditions, food, dress, and art associated with different world festivals. They are also creating art that is representative of the festival.
We are beginning the unit with looking at the Indian holiday of Diwali, and learning about its tradition as the “Festival of Lights”. Students are creating a typical Indian folk art decoration, called Rangoli, that adorn homes during Diwali. They are also creating clay pot candleholders. After spring break, students will move into working in small groups to study a world festival of their choice.