Samurai: Design Your Own Symbol
The imagery on a samurai’s armor expresses that samurai’s identity and source of inspiration or empowerment. Is there an image you connect with most?
Objective: Create a helmet out of folded paper, called origami. Decorate it with added embellishments and markings to simulate the patterns of lacing and other details.
Content Standards (California):
VPA/VA K.2.2: Demonstrate beginning skill in the use of tools and processes, such as the use of scissors, glue, and paper in creating a three-dimensional construction.; VPA/VA 2.2.5: Use bilateral or radial symmetry to create visual balance; VPA/VA 3.3.4: Identify and describe objects of art from different parts of the world observed in visits to a museum or gallery.
Samurai wore helmets into battle that appeared menacing and beautiful at the same time. They covered their heads from eyes to the tops of their shoulders, with ornaments and symbols of the lord they served.
Heavy red thread (embroidery floss, spool); red, gold, and other colored paper and foil; scissors, sequins & small feathers; glue stick; large eye needle; Black Kraft paper; pencils and assorted markers; Creating an Origami Helmet Diagram