March 2015 – Colours and Symbolism in Art

A collage portrait of Mother Theresa using colours and symbols to represent to represent her qualities.

A group collage portrait of Mother Theresa using colours and symbols to represent to represent her qualities.

This term everyone at St Mary’s has been looking at religious art and thinking about colour symbolism. Children learnt that blue was a very expensive colour and was used very sparingly and often symbolised purity. They then thought about what colours they would use to symbolise themselves and drew and painted some self-portraits to illustrate their ideas.

 

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The children then moved on to explore different saints through the ages, such as St Francis and St Julian. They studied portraits of Mother Theresa and looked at the symbols and colours artists used to show her characteristics.

"What is it like hearing God's voice?" "It was amazing to hear God's voice. I like to help the poor because it feels good inside and you know you ave done a good deed." An imaginary question and answer for Mother Theresa.

“What is it like hearing God’s voice?”
“It was amazing to hear God’s voice. I like to help the poor because it feels good inside and you know you have done a good deed.”
An imaginary question and answer for Mother Theresa.

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone thought about what was special about Mother Theresa and of a question they would have liked to have asked her. They then imagined how Mother Theresa would have answered that question.

 

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This then led on to the study of symbolism in other religions, particularly Hinduism. The children looked at a Puja tray, learned about ‘om’ and the Brahma God.

A St Mary's interpretation of a Brahma God holding up items which represent the artist.

A St Mary’s interpretation of a Brahma God holding up items which represent the artist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This produced some fantastic art work where the children drew their own Brahma God, with objects they felt were important held in the hands.

 

Symbols used in various different religions.

Symbols used in various different religions.

 

 

The artwork produced by the children was so striking and colourful that it is going to be displayed up in St Mary’s church over the coming weeks.

 

A group collage using different colours and symbols to represent Mother Theresa.

A group collage using different colours and symbols to represent Mother Theresa.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank-you to Mrs Slack and Mrs Harris for exploring this fascinating subject with the children and working with them to develop their understanding of different religions. Thank-you too for helping them produce such beautiful works of art.