Many of the elements on the Daruma illustration (to the right) were reflected on a 90 degree vertical access. Talk about the difference between the vertical and the horizontal axis and how changing the degree of rotation can alter the visual image.

Daruma dolls are modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen tradition of Buddhism, and are regarded as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. What other historical facts could contribute to Japanese traditions and history.

In keeping with the Japanese spirit of the Daruma, have students write a haiku poem.
Three lines long, 5 syllables on the first line, 7 syllables on the second line and 5 syllables on the third line.

Talk about the psychology of positive thinking. Daruma dolls remind us when we fall, we need to get back up. The doll embodies the popular Japanese proverb: Nanakorobi yaoki. “Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”

Let students make their own paper mache Daruma doll and have them keep a daily journal of how they strive to make their hopes and dreams come true.

Art Infused Cross Curriculum Educational Lesson Ideas – Daruma Doll and Haiku Poem

Ideas for ART INFUSED Cross Curriculum Lesson Plans

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