Art, Culture and Religion

Polychromy – what is it?

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?

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  • pictures of examples of polychromy (attachment 19.1)
  • plant and animal symbols (attachment 19.2)
  • crayons, markers, glue glitter
  • white or coloured A4 paper
  • glue
  • scissors

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.


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