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Last weekend, as we made our weekly pilgrimage to Super Target, Rose caught sight of a bit of real, live serendipity. We were stopped at the light at Northwest Highway and Audelia Road, and she called out from the backseat, “Look! A snake!” Expecting to see a sign or maybe some sort of bumper sticker, I definitely wasn’t prepared to see a large beady eyed reptile staring back at me. OK, it wasn’t a real snake, but my surprise was real, nonetheless. You see, someone turned a gnarly, broken, limb from an overgrown tree into open-mouthed viper. It was just a red strip of cloth and a few chalk marks, but the effect from this unexpected treat brightened both of our days. I’m not sure if this was the artist’s intent, but it also reminded me that it’s almost time for Chinese New Year. And this is the year of the snake (year 4711 for those of you keeping count).
I was wondering why animals are part of the Chinese zodiac. A quick Google search told be that it was our good friend Buddha’s doing. According to legend, Buddha called all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came. Buddha named a year after each one and then proclaimed that people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. Those born in snake years are said to be wise, charming, gregarious, introverted, generous and smart.
This month’s project is an articulated snake/dragon using a variety of fun papers and mixed craft media. Kids will learn folding and cutting techniques, using positive and negative space.
Therese Powell is an Art&Seek calendar coordinator and KERA-TV producer. She spends most of her free time seeking out adventures for her 7-year-old daughter, Rose. Tell us about your quirky kid adventures by leaving a comment. Or e-mail Therese at firstname.lastname@example.org.