Creative task: Rainbow Motif

The rainbow, as a symbol, arouses considerable controversy today. Some argue that it has been appropriated by advocates of the LGBT+ community. Currently, the rainbow is indeed recognizable by many of us as an integral element of those who advocate for the rights of sexual minorities. Others want to see in the rainbow a symbol of the covenant between God and humanity. Yet, the rainbow is also found on flags of Buddhist and Jewish organizations, and even among the proposed designs for the Armenian flag in 1919. “In South America, the rainbow flag is used in Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia as a symbol of the Inca Empire. Since the 70s, it has been the official flag of the city of Cuzco in Peru.” So, who “stole God’s rainbow,” if anyone at all? The creator of the rainbow flag was Gilbert Baker, an ex-soldier and drag queen. When he designed the flag, there were many more colors than on the current flag waving above the heads of those fighting for the rights of LGBT+ individuals. Awareness of the symbolism of these colors is crucial. It’s worth knowing what flutters against the backdrop of our sky, after all. “Pink meant sexuality, red – life, orange – serenity, yellow – sunlight, green – nature, turquoise – art, indigo – peace and harmony, purple – spirituality. Together, the colors were to symbolize the entirety of life and experience for members of the LGBT+ movement.” Your task is simple. Create a motif that refers to the original design and color scheme. Use crayons, paint, or pastels. The technique is up to you—just make sure the result is rainbow-like!
If you want to learn the entire history of the creation of the rainbow symbol, you can read the article posted on

Module: The rainbow (not) terrifies. On freedom, human rights, and the boundaries of art.