Lesson plan developed by Ms. Erika Geelhoed, BA Ed
* Lesson plan objective and assessment can be adapted to use this activity with preschoolers.
Washington State K–12 Arts Learning Standard: EALR 1: The student understands and applies arts knowledge and skills in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.
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Begin by introducing students to the traditional Rangoli style of art. Inform them that it is a technique in India (be sure to have a map handy) created by making patterns on the floor out of rice, flour, sand, or petals. They are thought to bring good luck and are showcased in Indian homes during times of celebration and festivals. Provide students with examples of Rangoli art. Lay out a large shower curtain on the floor and provide students with different colored sand, folded paper, and various utensils to create their own Rangoli inspired patterns. You can ask open ended questions to encourage them to talk about their work and check their understanding for this style of art.
Here are some examples:
Observe and record student’s actions during the activity. How did they go about spreading the sand? What did they have to say about their finished work? What did they say about this particular style of art?
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- What is Rangoli?
Rangoli is the art of drawing images and designs on the floor with colored sand, rice, or flour. It is a form of folk art from India and stands as a sign of welcome and thought to bring good luck In India, this art is temporary. Each design stays only for a day or two, as it is often redone as part of a daily routine. One of the most popular arts among Indian women, rangoli is an age old custom. Designs are passed down through the generations, some of them being hundreds of years old.
Rangoli: Discovering the Art of Indian Decoration
by Anuradha Ananth (Author), Shailja Jain (Illustrator)