As promised yesterday, we have samples of what students manually created for the Easter Subway Art. These samples show how students can develop meaning and understanding through an artistic approach, by hi-lighting key words and concepts. Furthermore, students can express their thoughts and feelings in a variety of fashions. Lisa’s students did a fantastic job! Take a look!
For many the Easter season is a very important time of year. I have found that many of my students understand Jesus’ passion, what the significance of the season is, but do not know what the connection is to some of the symbols used throughout this season.
For example, many students think that the Easter egg is not really a religious symbol. Granted it has morphed into a commercialized egg but the symbolism is very important.
I hope the following helps your students understand some of the Easter symbols and their significance.
Easter Eggs & Baby Chicks: Eggs and chicks symbolize new life. Eggs have been a symbol of Spring since ancient times. An egg also is a symbol of the rock tomb out of which Jesus emerged when he arose again. The chick, hatching out of the egg, symbolizes new life or re-birth.
Easter Bunny: The rabbit, or hare, was a symbol of abundant new life in ancient times, and reminds us of Spring and new life.
Easter Lilies: The white blossoms symbolize the purity of Jesus. Lilies, emerging from the earth in the spring, also symbolize new life and the resurrection of Christ.
Palm Branches: Represents when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday and people waved palm branches, welcoming him.
Hot Cross Buns: Hot cross buns have a cross of icing on the top to remind people of Christ.
Easter & Spring Flowers: Daffodils and tulips bloom in the spring, and symbolize spring and new life.
The Butterfly: The whole life cycle of the butterfly is meant to symbolize the life of Jesus Christ. The first stage, is the caterpillar, which stands for His life on Earth. Second phase begins from the cocoon stage, portraying the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. The third and final stage is the butterfly, representing His raising from the dead in a glorified body and peace.
There are many more symbols, but these are the usual ones. Leave us a comment about the symbols you have discussed with your students.