The objective for today is to familiarise the children with polychromy, an inseparable decorative element of synagogues, by using the pictures in the attachments.
Polychromy is a multicoloured painting which decorates walls, ceilings, arches or sculptures. Ask the children whether they can divide the polychromy motifs into categories. Which can be considered plant-related? Are there any animal ones?
- pictures of examples of polychromy (attachment 19.1)
- plant and animal symbols (attachment 19.2)
- crayons, markers, glue glitter
- white or coloured A4 paper
Start the task by explaining what polychromy is. Then, show the children the examples of polychromy in attachment 19.1. Encourage them to create their own polychromy.
Print out attachment 19.2 (one copy for 1-2 children). Explain that they should first choose a symbol (animal and/or plant) to use in their work. Once they have chosen their symbol, e.g. a flower or a goose, ask the children to colour them in and cut them out. The cut out elements should be glued to the paper to create a composition, for example by putting the flowers in a triangle. The rest of the paper should allow the children to draw leaves and branches to combine all the elements into one picture.