I have always been very fond of this little poem by Jan Dean.
Its very simplicity makes it a wonderful stimulus for creating art about
the various scenes from the nativity.
Just begun the journey to Bethlehem
Tiny head the manger scene
Sleepy sheep the hillside scene
Angel light the angels announce the birth
Travelled far the Christmas star
Brought things the Magi
The light of heaven's starry skies
Shines in this small baby's eyes
Divide your class into six groups.
Allocate scenes as outlined above. Work with a particular strand of the
visual arts curriculum to
- create six detailed group drawings
- create six group paintings
- create six prints made with found objects
- create six clay scenes
- create six models or dioramas or
- create six fabric collages.
Alternatively ask each group to work with one strand of the visual arts
to create a variety of art pieces for a Christmas art exhibition.
Use the poem sections as captions for the pieces of art.