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Festivals

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Design +4 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old)

Everyone enjoys a festival or celebration! Let's look at some. . . 

  • Observe  images and guess which culture each represents.
  • Play "I Spy Juxtaposition." Work with a small group to examine an image and find where the artist has juxtaposed symbols or text with the image to create meaning. 
  • What might you include in an artwork about a festival or celebration?  Would there be dances, special music, food, clothing, or activities?

Art making challenge:  Collaborate in a small group to create a design for a booth, stage, or other area for a cultural tradition at a festival. Designs will be combined into a festival mural.

Celebration

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Wedding

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Dragon Dance by the Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Bhangra/Giddha Dance, Sikh and Punjabi American Dancers

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Festival

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Inca Musicians (Quecha) near Cuzco, Peru

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Irish popular dances [sound recording]

Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

Women's Dance

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Picnic

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

A Picnic Party

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Set Design: Picnic Ground, for 110 in the Shade

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Our County Fair contest on Iowa corn

Smithsonian American Art Museum

U.S.A. Trade Fair Pavilio

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum