For the first week of August’s Art themed Monday’s, students created a layered textural portrait of Amabie; historic part of Japanese folklore telling the story of a mermaid with what appears to be a beak for a mouth. It is a legendary Japanese spirit believed to foretell either an abundant harvest or an epidemic. “if disease spreads, show a picture of me to those who fall ill and they will be cured.”
Students sketched Amabie, then cut out and pasted onto construction paper, cut again and layered it onto more textured thicker paper. Getting the correct looking image of Amabie is very important, and was the main focus in sketching the details as accurately as possible. Students had a lot of fun and really enjoyed creating art of a figure they already knew.
Wishing good health and healing to everyone!
Next week, Monday is a holiday for Obon, stay safe!