A triptych is a three-paneled piece of art–the style has been used for centuries by religious painters. The three panels are hinged together, with the middle being the largest.
1. Foam core
2. Hole punch
3. Chenille wires
(on-hand supplies: scissors and markers)
What Kids Do
Step 1 Cut two equal-sized panels of foam core, and then cut one panel in half. The large piece is the center panel and the two smaller pieces go on either side.
Step 2 Identify three parts of the Christmas scene to illustrate on the triptych. Draw a different picture on each panel. For example, Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem on the left panel; the baby Jesus in the stable with Mary, Joseph, and the animals on the middle panel; and the shepherds’ visit on the right panel.
Step 3 Set up the three panels. Then punch holes in the inside edges of each panel. Use chenille wires to connect them so they’re hinged. Once kids finish their drawings, ask them to each describe their triptych. If you have room, put the triptychs on display so you can enjoy these creative masterpieces in the weeks to come.