I’m going to post this in both my blog under Hanukkah and Art Lessons for Educators and Homeschoolers which will link straight to Lesson Plans. This time I’m not writing a full fledged lesson plan I am, however I am sharing everything you’ll need to write your own. I do have a full lesson plan on his Agamographs I will share as well. The Kinetic Kids Menorah is based on the work of Israeli artist Yaacov Agam who founded the Kinetic art movement. Kinetic literally mean “movement” and he is interested in creating art that looked as though it were moving. He tricks the eye with color placement, different sizes of the same shape or object, and images that change based on where the viewer is standing. He created Agamographs which are printed that almost look like they’re woven and depending on if you’re standing to the right or the left you’re seeing 2 different pictures. He is highly celebrated in Israel. He designed a fountain and a hotel in downtown Tel Aviv. My photo of the hotel is below, but it was at night, so you can’t really see the colors clearly.
To create the Kinetic Kids Menorah you’ll need:
*cardstock in red, orange, gold, and two sheets of two shades of blue
*a hole puncher
*glue (I used a glue gun, but Elmer’s Glue All would work too)
*a pencil (I used pen so you could see my work more clearly)
*optional-I had Ben free paint on white cardstock with red, orange, and yellow paint prior and used that painting for the flames.
To start I measured out my candlesticks on the blue sheets of paper. The piece with the slits were 2″ wide and 6″ tall with a 5″ slit. I cut them out. The pieces that fit inside the slits were 5″ tall. This left a little space at the bottom for a hole to connect the candles later.
I slid the 5″ pieces into their slits, securing with drops of glue. Then I cut out 8 flames from Ben’s painting he had done the day before. Side note: you can use glitter, glitter paint, regular cardstock if you want to add to the flames. You are the artist, let your creativity shine!
I traced around his flames onto orange cardstock 8 times and yellow 8 times. I cut out all the flames. The yellow ones are a bit larger to frame Ben’s and the orange ones.
I cut a tiny slit in each flame and the top of each candlestick, then slid the flame into the candlestick securing it with glue.
I created a much larger flame with leftover scraps. I punched holes in the tops of all my candlesticks and three holes in the bottom of my large flame. I also punched one in the top of my large flame. I strung the hook at the top of my large flame with nylon filament I picked up at Joann Fabrics and the candlesticks, alternating colors (some needed a hole punched at the bottom, but do that as you go).
This project took a couple of hours for me to create. I would recommend it for middle aged school kids or if you’re doing one on one you could do it with a fourth or fifth grader. I did most of the work, but Ben did contribute-so it can also be a fun decoration for the holiday including your younger child’s work.