The Holocaust Museum in Houston is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies in an effort to remember the 1,500,000 children that were perished in the Holocaust. The butterflies will eventually comprise a breath-taking exhibition, currently scheduled for spring 2013. In the meantime, the butterflies will be displayed at the city-wide Yom Hashoah event on April 4th and will also be on exhibit at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden for the month of April.
The art students are learning how symmetry works and are producing beautiful butterflies with water color pastels. We had the opportunity to make coffee filter symmetrical butterflies too using water soluble oil pastels.
Currently, the first graders are creating an Egyptian Queen or King self-portrait. Â We looked at art of the ancient Egyptian royalty for inspiration. I took photographs of the children in profile and then cut out their faces. They used oil pastels to draw patterns and color the Royal headdress and the bodice. Once they have completed this, each child will wrote their name using Egyptian Hieroglyphics. And of course no pharaoh would be complete without the signature black eyeliner.
Our next project will be oven baked clay owls.
Recycled Items Needed
Many of our art projects are made with recycled items: The art room is in need of unused CD’s, empty plastic water bottles, soda bottles, milk containers, glass wine bottles, corks and lids, cereal boxes and newspapers. Please bring to the Art Room (Room 230).