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This lesson is on Ikebana – the Japanese Art of Flower Arranging
6, 5, 4
Title – Ikebana
By – Jennifer Dalke
Subject – Art, Social Studies
Grade Level – 4-6
25.A.2d, 25.B.2, 26.A.2f, 26.B.2d, 27.B.2
* Students will have a basic understanding of the Japanese art of flower arranging, Ikebana
* Students will begin to have an understanding of the Buddhist philosophy, and how Ikebana relates to it
* Each student will produce his own Ikebana picture
* Black tempera paint, mixed thinly
* White construction paper
* Colored tempera, mixed thickly
* Drinking straws
* Sponges, cut into small shapes (squares or circles)
1. A guest speaker will be introduced to the class. This guest will be an Ikebana practitioner who will introduce Ikebana to the class, demonstrate his art and let the students practice Ikebana with actual flowers.
2. Next, the teacher will explain how this art form traveled from China to Japan.
3. Finally, the teacher will discuss with the students the history of Ikebana and its relationship to the Buddhist philosophy.
1. The teacher will show the students an example of an Ikebana picture, and explain that they will make a painting as well.
2. The teacher will pass out paper and paints to the students.
3. Students should spoon the black tempera onto the paper and blow on the paint through the straw to create branches.
4. When the paint is dry, students should dip the sponges into various colors of paint and press them on the branches to create blossoms.
5. After the pictures have dried, students may write their names on the top and tape their pictures to the fronts of their desks.
The teacher’s role is to introduce this art form to the children. The teacher will also instruct the children on the basic methods to create this picture, but it is up to the children to create their own unique Ikebana picture.
Creative Question Suggestions:
1. Students and teacher should keep in mind that Ikebana is an art form with meaning. What do you want your picture to mean? How can you show it?
* Students should wear smocks or old tee-shirts in order to prevent ruining their clothes.
* Keep plenty of clean-up supplies on hand in case of spills or accidents.
1. Did the students participate with the guest speaker? Did they respect the speaker?
2. Did the students follow directions?
3. Did the students produce Ikebana paintings of some sort?
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