Monday, March 30, 2009

Art History Lesson: Mehndi Hand Art from India

This month we studied the Art of India.
I decided to do two projects with the Kindergarten class since
I was in there on the Frog Princess' birthday.

We made Mehndi Hand designs
by tracing hands on construction paper
and drawing "henna designs"
with skinny brown pens.
I told the children to hide their names
(and their family/friend's names) in their designs like a traditional wedding pattern.

Then we cut them out and used glue stick to attach them to eggplant paper.

For our second project,
I found some old embossing foil (two sided - gold and silver)

The kids used an old magazine underneath, to serve as a cushion.
Then, they traced their hands and embossed designs with a pencil.

We mounted those on the eggplant paper as well.
The resulting hallway display
made me feel like I was at an Indian Wedding.

The projects were BEAUTIFUL!!!


Miko's Girl said...

I love the Hindi hand designs. Very cute idea.

Lisa said...

This is very cool. Maybe this project will encourage my youngest to stop drawing all over her hand.

Kathleen said...

Those are amazing! The Frog Princess and her friends - and teachers! - are lucky to have you.

ParentingPink said...

Pinkerbell LOVED making these with you - she came home and told me all about it! Great project!

Anne said...

Beautiful designs..:)

Christie-A Work In Progress said...

This is fantastic! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!

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Courtney Corey said...

I love Mendhi - and what a beautiful project! They could be framed! I will do this at home with my son.

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