KHAMSA GOOD LUCK HANDS
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 EnchantedLearning.com
Students will learn about the use of symbolism in cultural art as they learn and use design elements in creating a hand
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
What You Need:
What You Do:
- black construction paper
- white pencils for tracing hand print on paper
- pre-cut (kids can cut their own if time permits) magazine shapes.
Fashion, textile and decorating magazines work best for this project.
large circles, or squares - for palm of hand
long 'wedge' shapes - for fingers
various small shapes for added interest
- glitter/glitter glue, sequins, foil star stickers, colored paper
reinforcements ( "O" shaped sticker-backed item found at office stores
etc) leave some "O's" whole and cut some in half for variety.
- glue sticks
- matte medium - if you choose to apply hands to another surface
- Present Lesson: Talk about other moroccan designs, show examples. Older children could
- Trace hand on black paper using white pencil
- Have children choose at large shape for palm, five 'finger' shaped
and various small shapes.
- Glue the five fingers first, then palm, and 'fill in' with small
NOTE: It's o.k. - in fact better - if the collage extends a little
beyond the traced hand. The excess will be trimmed off.
- Embellish the hand design with stars, glitter, sequins etc.
- Cut out hand print along the WHITE line
These Khamsa Good Luck Hands really turn out beautifully! And would
* 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
* hung on a tree
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