Chag Sukkot Sameach!
This week in the art pavilion we have been celebrating the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot. During Sukkot, we eat our meals in the sukkah: an outdoor structure built from materials gleaned from the Earth. It is considered a mitzvah (a good deed done from religious duty) to invite guests into the sukkah to share in nature’s bounty. With this in mind, we created centerpieces for the tabletops in our sukkot (plural of sukkah). First, we set out to the playground in search of leaves, twigs, pebbles and seed pods. Then, we raided the pantry and found beans, cocoa, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom and coffee grounds.
Each child received a ball of clay and a lid to use as a base for their centerpiece. After squishing, pounding, pinching and rolling their clay into a shape that fit into the lid, the children began decorating their pieces. This required a significant amount of problem solving. Size, weight, and consistency had to be considered as children started adding pieces from nature to their art. They needed to figure out what to do if a twig was too long or heavy for the clay to hold, or how to make the smaller pieces stick.
We look forward to seeing them on Sukkah & Thanksgiving tables this season!