A visual arts unit for levels 1–2
by Helen Moore, Arts Coordinator, Visual Arts – Primary, Christchurch College of Education
Theme and context
Rangoli is a popular floor art form from India in which designs are created using variously coloured powders. Traditional patterns are often symmetrical and geometric, and usually created by Indian women on the ground in front of their houses for Hindu festivals.
- Coloured powders
- Tempera powder
- Dyed rice
- Coloured rice powder
- Coloured sand.
Background information and resources
- Background information and further website links on the subject of rangoli art are given on the Asia 2000 website at the following URL: www.asia2000.org.nz/education/legacy/unit_plans/rangoli/bground/index.shtml
- Exploring the Visual arts in Years 1–6 series (Ministry of Education, 2000-2001): questions for use when viewing artworks.
Click on the following links for the contents of this unit:
Note: Levels 3–4 unit on rangoli art
A much more detailed unit on rangoli for students at higher levels, also written by Helen Moore, is available on the Asia2000 website at asia2000.org.nz/education/legacy/unit_plans/rangoli/index.shtml. This unit is highly recommended.