Fourth of July is marked nationwide by congregating with loved ones, shopping, backyard barbecue galore and spectacular display of fireworks. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for us to discuss with our kids what independence means and why we all need to appreciate the freedom we enjoy every day.
Symbolic use of colors in flags represents the values that country stands for. This month’s project is a creative, colorful and fun to do art that teaches what colors and values we as a nation take pride and stand for.
Red – Hardiness and Valor
White – Purity and Innocence
Blue – Vigilance and Perseverance
What you will need
• Red, white and blue buttons
• Scissors (for bookmarks)
Using markers write on cardstock the meaning of colors. For younger children you can also take a print out. Stick the buttons using glue and give a finishing touch using markers. Makes fun greetings, bookmarks, folders and wall art.
Using a pencil trace a flip flop on the foam. Cut out using scissors. Poke 3 holes in the foam to insert pipe cleaner. Cut pipe cleaner into 2 halves (for a smaller shoe). Insert beads in pipe cleaners, leaving an inch of space on both ends. Now, put both ends of pipe cleaner through the holes. Twist and adjust ends. Use a sticker or tape to secure the three ends on opposite side. Thanks for visiting, Have a colorful day :)
Expression is said to be an art. Folk arts dating back hundreds and thousands of years, found carved and painted on trees, walls, and stones tell us a story of art as an expression. The people, their lives, their celebrations and fears are reflected in such rudimentary paintings. They are found everywhere in world where civilizations prevailed, left for us to interpret and bring them to life by giving them words; a journey from art as an expression to expression as an art.
Warli Painting in India is such tribal art dating back several hundred years. The word “Warli” comes from the word “warla” which means a piece of land. The Warli tribe painted the walls of their mud homes with pictures to depict their social life and mark important occasions such as weddings, birth and the harvest. Their extremely rudimentary wall paintings use a very basic graphic vocabulary from their observation of nature: a circle, a triangle and a square.
A circle represents the sun and the moon
A triangle represents mountains and pointed trees
A square represents the piece of land symbolizing fertility.
These geometric figures are joined together to form beautiful patterns. Like, two apex of triangles are joined together to form a human figure.
To make your own Warli painting:
• Choose a design
• Draw pattern with pencil
• Outline with black marker
• Fill in the colors
This art was derived from observation of nature and a limited vocabulary... Simple way to do it is just let go of all you know for few moments. Limit yourself to discover what’s unlimited and…that’s expression
I remember when the world broke in,
to rip apart my soul,
for years after that one event,
I thought myself not whole,
my hours were spent with trying,
to fix it up with tape and glue,
until one day I discovered,
everyone else was broken too,
here we were with pieces,
of ourselves in both our hands,
so fragile and so open,
that I began to understand,
Maybe I'd been greedy,
to want my soul all to myself,
when it could be a lot more helpful,
in the palms of someone else,
now every time I go somewhere,
I leave part of me behind,
and collect all of the pieces,
of others' soul that I can find,
So when I'm meeting someone new
it's not just me they get,
but also tiny fragments,
of all the others I've met,
and my life's become much bigger,
now that its home to things so small,
and if this is what "broken" means,
I do not mind at all.
Words are too small to convey the truth, Yet they can trigger the flames of wisdom, Shower comfort on the intense longing, Raise cheers of joy and make you know I treasure your love for me.
Like god his creation, The root its trunk, Unknown, unheard, unseen, In the silent chamber of heart I am in you as you, You are in me as me! Beautifully written by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Find your happiness at www.artofliving.org
If I had to promise you something, what would it be? I can’t promise that you would always be comfortable…Because comfort brings boredom and discomfort. I can’t promise that all your desires will be fulfilled…Because desires whether fulfilled or unfulfilled bring frustration. I can’t promise that there will always be good times…Because it is the tough times that make us appreciate joy. I can’t promise that we will be rich or famous or powerful…Because they can all be pathways to misery. I can’t promise that we will always be together…Because it is separation that makes togetherness so wonderful. Yet if you are willing to walk with me, if you are willing to value love over everything else I promise that this will be the most rich and fulfilling life possible.
I promise your life will be an eternal celebration,
I promise you I will cherish you more than a king cherishes his crown,
And I shall love you more than a mother loves her newborn. If you are willing to walk into my arms,