Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I had to share this video of my students diligently working on their Kente cloth drawings. And, no, you don't need to adjust your volume...they were actually SILENT. I had 100% enthusiasm and participation for the entire class! I love it when that happens :3)
This project is a lesson that I taught my 6th graders last year and it turned out really well. The main idea is to introduce students to the 'concept' of weaving and how textiles are truly an art form, especially in African art. Although we did not do paper weavings or work on a finger loom, we did see a PowerPoint slideshow showing African artists sitting at looms and I went over the basic skills of weaving.
I also had a handout for the students that we read as soon as they came into the Art room. On the handout, we read about the history of Kente Cloth, the Ghanaian leader, Kwame Nkrumah, and the cultural color significance.