Happy Rangwali Holi
Enjoy this post about the celebration of Holi from experienced KS2 teacher, Zoe.
Yesterday, known as Holika Dahan, was celebrated by Hindus with bonfires to represent the burning of Holika, a demoness, and to signify the triumph of good over evil.
Today is Rangwali Holi. This is the celebration that most people associate with the spring festival- an explosion of colour!
Holi, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of spring, rejoices in the end of Winter and of the coming of Spring!
You find out about the story behind Holi here.
With the strange weather changes over February, many of us were tricked into thinking that Spring had already arrived! This was cause for joy for many, since Spring brings with it lighter and longer days to spend with friends and family, warmer weather to enjoy being outside and even the first buds of new flowers.
Whether you’re exploring Hinduism with your class or not, why not celebrate Holi and its message of hope, love and fresh beginnings in a riotous cacophony of colour!
Music activities for Holi
One of our KS2 Music topics is entirely about the celebration of Holi where children explore the different colours associated with sounds and music. It refers to people with synesthesia, which can cause some individuals affected to perceive colours when listening to sounds.
This video below explains and demonstrates this …
The topic culminates in children performing their composition of clashing colours over a backing they have created in the previous lesson, building a multi-layered, textured piece.
Art activities for Holi
The celebrations that take place on Rangwali Holi centre around vibrant colours being thrown and splashed, crashing into each other in an exuberant expression of joy. The possibilities seem endless for art activities!
However, something I regularly suffered from when teaching was ‘what a great idea syndrome’. This involved coming up with a wildly fun, exciting activity to do with the children without properly thinking through the practicalities of doing it with 30 children and minimal resources! I’m sure there are plenty of us out there that would have a full-scale paint fight if they could, but this takes time to organise and resources, both of which are often in short supply in primary schools.
So here is a quick and easy Art idea for Holi that everyone should be able to do!
Holi paint explosions
I’d really recommend going outside for this idea! Simply take some large sheets of paper (preferably not colourful) and place them on the playground. Then, using powder paint, poster paint or anything else colourful, get children to throw or splatter it at the paper.
Encourage children to talk about what they’re doing and what these different colours represent. Get them to think about the blank page and what this signifies as well as how it is transformed by their actions.
To draw their attention to the process, encourage them to think about how throwing or splattering paint at a page makes them feel. Often children have to think carefully about every mark they make on a page, whether drawing or concentrating on handwriting, but this activity really frees them to just express themselves with colour.
Indeed, if exploring the formal elements, why not question their use of colour. Have they used all of the colours available? How would it have changed the look of the piece if they had just used one colour?
This activity, although simple, is made effective in its learning impact through clever use of questioning. If you simply asked children to throw paint at paper, they may enjoy it, but they may not get a huge amount of valuable learning from it. Use your questions and the discussion which follows the activity, to surface and develop their thinking.
Enjoy Holi and celebrate the arrival of colour!
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