What is Rangoli?

Moore kindergarten students have been learning about all the different ways we can express ourselves. From painting to knitting to singing-the possibilities are endless! Today we were fortunate to have a very special guest at Moore. Ms. Sonal Mistry from CultureALL (https://cultureall.org/) came to educate kindergartners about Rangoli.

Miss Cummins2

Miss Cummins’s students were good listeners today.

listening intently

Rangoli is an art form native to Nepal, India and Bangladesh in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. It is usually made during Diwali or Tihar (collectively known as Deepawali) , Onam, Pongal and other Indian, Bangladeshi and Nepalese festivals. Designs are passed from one generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive.

What is rangoli

Beautiful examples of Rangoli.

Ms. Mistry demonstrated how to create their own Rangoli works of art. Students were fascinated with the use of sand  and glue to create intricate shapes and patterns.

Making a triangle Placing the sand Completed triangle

They were eager to try their hands at creating their own. First the connected the dots:

Raylen connecting the dots

The next step was to trace the lines with glue:

Working with glue

And to finish just sprinkle sand over the glue. BEAUTIFUL!

Hands in the sanddumping the extra sand Adding the sand

Here are just a few of Moore Elementary’s beautiful Rangoli:

Completed Rangoli3 completed Rangoli2 Competed Rangoli

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