African Art - project ideas - need more
- (Michal - if you see this - What did you use for game
pieces for mancala - buttons? marbles? glass blobs?
beads? stones? seeds? Mancala is a great math strategy
Dear Art Educators,
African Art Project ideas has come up on ArtsEducators
list. I am anticipating searches on IAD for ideas. I
think I will put an idea page out quickly with just
links to ideas - and your "blurbs" -then worry about
making the page better later.
ArtsEducators list is looking for ideas for South
Africa - anyone have some to share?
Here are some ideas from Michal Austin:
How about having your kinders make anasazi spiders
with cut paper? She has an example on her site that
she did with 1st grade -
She also did several lessons with 5th grade:
Here is Betsy Larson's Kente lesson idea:
She has used Kente Cloth examples for first grade to
then create their own painted design. Emphasis on
line, pattern, repetition. You could incorporate
color scheme as well. The kids would develop a
patterned design and paint them on 12x18. I would have
kids draw out lines in a grid (large) to help
them keep their designs in a pattern that repeats.
With kinders, we didn't do grid first, just painted
the pattern using different kinds of lines.
These painted patterns are then use to clothe the
village residents in a class mural.
The kente lesson is just like the Navajo rug/blanket
lesson. She adapts it to incorporate a more complex
way to think about pattern and repetition for her
students. Some years she uses the Kente with both
kinders and first- some years she just does Navajo
with kinders. She has already done it this year- right
before Thanksgiving because of a story that they use
with the lesson. she has a picture here on this page.
Betsy is going to look and see if she has some
close-ups. Betsy did give templates for the figures -
but you wouldn't have to. The village lesson would be
great to teach culture, adornment, architecture -
values of the people and more.
Jeryl's Foil People and African Animal Batik would
also be good:
Post successful ideas you have done and I will add
them to the African Art Theme page.
African art is one of my "passions" - if I ask you for
a lesson plan from your unit - don't take offense....
I am just doing "my job" (smile).
Folks I did notice that Madafo's CD is now sold out -
check back to see when they have more in stock - got
to Great Sites:
I did check and Greg Percey still has some available
as does Steve. Make storytelling and music part of
P.S. If anyone is interested in doing a Kente cloth
lesson - let me know (Jdecker@...) - I have
something for you.
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