Star City High School students recently celebrated the Year of the Snake as part of an art lesson on Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later.

The 15th day of the Chinese New Year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade. This year Chinese New Year began on February 10.

Students in Roger Darren High’s Art II class at Star City High School created mixed media paintings with a Year of the Snake theme using oil pastels and watercolors as part of a multicultural lesson on Chinese traditions.

Students were free to depict the snake in their artwork however they chose.  Representations included multicultural, religious, historical, and environmental.

Prior to beginning the art project students studied Chinese New Year traditions. The lesson helped students to understand Chinese culture, to combine art media to create a painting, and how to utilize the elements and principles of art to create original artwork.