Thursday, August 28, 2014

Virtual Refrigerator: Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Sign

Welcome to another edition of the Virtual Refrigerator! This weekly blog hop is co-hosted by A Glimpse of Our LifeAngels of HeartHomeschool Coffee Break, and Every Bed of Roses. We all cordially invite you to add your link sharing the art that's on your Virtual Refrigerator and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges! You may also follow the Virtual Refrigerator's group Pinterest board. If you'd like to join us, just ask and one of the Fridge hosts can send you an invite. Continue to share your posts on the link-up each week, and on the Pinterest board!

This is a quick project Kennady did last week - a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign. I'm sure there are printables of hex sign designs available on the internet, but Kennady wanted to draw her own. No one knows where our compasses are (typical! Ha!) so she traced the circles around a couple of plates and lids from the kitchen cupboards. She drew the rest of her design freehand, but this project would be a great tie-in for studying geometry.

Hex signs got their name from the fact that the designs are generally six-sided, not because they are used for "hexing"! However, the colors and symbols used do have some specific meanings, including wishes for good luck and abundant harvests. The designs are a common sight on barns in Pennsylvania.

This art project idea - along with many others - comes from Geography Through Art by Sharon Jeffus and Jamie Aramini.

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a49erfangirl said...

I have always wondered the meaning behind all the hex signs you see. Kennedy did a great job on hers. Will be linking up a little later today.

Linda Noullet Irwin said...

I was thinking... Hex sign? But Hahahaha good to know - 6 sided... Pretty!

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