|Winston © 2010, US Arts Center|
This is the year of the tiger in the Chinese lunar calendar, whose new year occurred on our February 14th. The same animal year is repeated every 12 years, so you are a tiger if you were born in 1998, 1986, 1974, and going back. Being born in the year of a certain animal means that you are disposed to share in the animals characteristic; the tiger being brave, powerful, and daring.
Based on cloth tiger toys common in the past and still sold during the Chinese new years, I had the kids in my art class created tiger pictures of their own-- each one very unique. The one above is by Winston. Would you say this tiger looks brave, powerful , and daring?