Rainbow Dragon Project: It all started when provocations of serpents and dragons from all over the world was set up in the art studio. The children created serpents and dragons with various art mediums (paint, clay, charcoal…etc.) but wanted to build a bigger one for more people to see. Hence, this great idea was born! After several extensive discussions, the children decided to create a hybrid of the Wagyl and the Chinese dragon.
Rainbow Dragon Project
The children wanted orange to be the main colour of the dragon’s head after celebrating Harmony Week as they want the dragon to be nice to everybody. This was followed by the investigation of the dragon’s eyes where children discussed if the pupils should be vertical or horizontal. After an in-depth investigation which included the observation of our frogs, the children determined that the dragon’s pupils will be vertical as it looks more like a lizard than a frog.
The first segment focused on the investigation of primary colours (red and yellow) for Lunar New Year and the Australian Aboriginal flag. The different meaning behind these colours allows us to discuss about diversity. We discovered more about diversity through the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples through weaving experience inspired by the Navajo (North America) and Formosan (Taiwan) people.
The second segment represented the green and gold colour of Australia as we explored native floras like the kangaroo paw and golden wattle for Australia Day. As an extension for their interest in weaving, the children decided to weave faux tree vines (after several failed attempts using the real one) onto the dragon as we look into Biodiversity month.
The third segment demonstrated the children’s investigation in geometric patterns as we investigate Islamic architecture and learned about Eid-al-Fitr. Through this journey, we learned about shapes, colour theory and explored unconventional ways to create art using mathematical tools.
Lastly, the tail segment focused on NAIDOC week, prehistoric art and everything about ochre. The children studied Indigenous artist, Leah Umbagai through her artworks and investigated the techniques she applied on her work.
Through this year-long project, the children displayed cooperation and commitment as they worked together beautifully to achieve a share goal. They developed problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching, and investigating through this learning journey. It is also evident that children are connected with and contribute to their world, develop an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation as well as responding to diversity with respect.