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Level: Primary, Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: K and up | Age: 5 yrs and up | Written by: Susan Kimes-Demboski
[Susan is an artist teaching art at Mt Baldy Elementary School in Mt Baldy, CA]
This lesson was adapted from a project first seen at

Students will learn about the use of symbolism in cultural art as they learn and use design elements in creating a hand print.

From Susan:

This project was done with a K-1 class and was part of an art exhibit were the "artwork" was anything that could be mailed to the gallery. The Children's hands were decoupaged to the box, and the box was also embellished with Moroccan inspired drawing.


Students will learn about the use of symbolism in cultural art. Khamsa - or Moroccan Good Luck Hand - means 'five' in arabic. The traditional Khamsas are often made out of precious metals.

Students will learn the collage/decoupage technique.

Students will learn and use design elements in creating their hand print.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Present Lesson: Talk about other moroccan designs, show examples. Older children could research/report.
  2. Trace hand on black paper using white pencil
  3. Have children choose at large shape for palm, five 'finger' shaped and various small shapes.
  4. Glue the five fingers first, then palm, and 'fill in' with small shapes
  5. NOTE: It's o.k. - in fact better - if the collage extends a little beyond the traced hand. The excess will be trimmed off.

  6. Embellish the hand design with stars, glitter, sequins etc.
  7. Cut out hand print along the WHITE line
These Khamsa Good Luck Hands really turn out beautifully! And would look great:

* strung together
* used on the front of a note card or hand made book
* decoupaged to heavy paper box (Ii've seen these at Michael's Craft store)
* hung on a tree

Recommended Books/Products:


Stencils North Africa Morocco
by Esther Grisham
Children discover and explore the rich heritage of ancient cultures around the world through fascinating myths, legends, festivals, and stories of the culture. Detailed maps and vivid illustrations show how various people lived and what they accomplished. Each book in this popular series contains five easy-to-do art projects - complete with unique punch-out stencils for making many of the traditional arts and crafts still produced today. Ages 8+

Arts and Crafts of Morocco
by James F. Jereb

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