We thought it would be fun to make our own version of the retablos we saw the other day. I asked my husband if he could bring home some metal sheets for us to paint and he got some perfect ones from a roofing contractor. My husband is a general contractor and has access to lots of neat materials we can use in our art projects. I realize not everyone knows a roofing contractor to get metal sheets from ;) , but this project would be just as fun using a piece of cardboard or wood for the background.
Retablos are devotionals, generally reserved for saints, but we identify with a more Buddhist/Pagan/Pantheist theology. So, when I asked the kids who they wanted to show gratitude to, they all agreed on the sun.
We used this book to get some ideas for sun designs, then we got out our acrylic paints and metal canvases and the kids went to work! Little Brother told me what he wanted to write on his retablo. I'm not sure how to add Braille to it, I'm going to try making clear label tapes, but I'm not sure if they'll stick. Anyway, everyone really liked how they turned out and it was fun to have seen something in a gallery, then come home and transform it into a meaningful project.