5th Grade, Elephant Festival of Jaipur

In celebration of India’s Holi “The Festival of Color” back in March, our 5th grade students created these colorful elephants. They are currently up on display outside the art room to signalize the arrival of spring. Our 5th graders enjoyed looking at photos and learning about how this colorful festival is traditionally celebrated. One of which is the carnival of colors, where participants play, chase and color each other with dry powder and colored water. We focused our attention on the decorated elephants of the Festival of Jaipur. We looked at how the elephants were groomed, decorated with traditional Indian motifs, embellished with head-plates, and wore embroidered velvet rugs. After choosing a photograph of an elephant, students got to work drawing their contour lines and creating value.
We created value “lights and darks” on gray paper by blending white and black color pencils. Once we had captured the elephants shape and visual texture, we focused on decorating the elephants with Indian motifs. Sometimes the images told stories while other times simple geometric and organic shapes blanketed our elephants. We used construction paper pencils to create vivid bold colors! The motifs happened organically as students began adding color to their designs.

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