by Laurie Bellet
Yom Ha’atzmaut passes so quickly, but opportunities always abound to engage in entertaining art experiences based on the flag of Israel. Before embarking on your journey into flag creation, be certain that your students appreciate the significance of the flag motif, can compare it to a tallit and can explain why a flag is so important to the country it represents. It is important that a student’s knowledge is solid before presenting imaginative extensions.
Most, if not all, Jewish students fashion the flag of Israel at some point in their education. However, when the project consists of gluing two blue stripes and a blue star onto a piece of white paper, the product is quickly discarded. The students move on, without integrating themselves into the lesson. A successful art process, incorporating the flag of Israel, is one in which the student has immersed an element of his or her own identity into the endeavor.
(Each of these projects is worked on 9×12, sulphite construction paper unless otherwise stipulated. If you plan to mount the student’s work, cut the base paper down to 8×11 before commencing the project.)