The Lotus Flower
This months Art Campers are making a "Water Color Lotus Flower".
Read some fascinating facts about this unique "breathing" flower below.
Check back each Tuesday and Thursday during the month of May to see additional artwork added after each class takes place.
About the Lotus Flower
Lotus flowers are also known as "Nelumbo". The Sacred lotus of Asia has pink flowers.
The American lotus has yellow flowers. The lotus flowers grow over the water. Lotus leaves often float on top of the water. The roots of lotus plants are in the mud under the water. Every part of the plant must have air for respiration (breathing). Air spaces in the stems and roots make the lotus able to live and respire under water. People can eat lotus roots and seeds. Cattle (cows) like to eat the leaves and flowers because they are sweet. Click the black and gold image below to learn about what some cultures believe meaning and symbolism of the Lotus Flower to be.
Lotus flowers and Water lilies are different although they look similar. The leaves of lotus are emergent, meaning that they rise above the water level whereas the leaves of the water-lily are found floating on the water surface.
The same is true for their flowers; lotus flowers are emergent and water-lily flowers are floating."