For the rest of this month, we are getting ready for Black History Month coming up in February. I want some dramatic artwork to display around the building because we are hosting an evening in February to celebrate African American History. The students will be performing plays, skits, songs, poems, and much more.
The 4th graders today worked on these gorgeous African masks. We discussed the purposes of masks, African art, and the meaning behind some of the symbols/designs commonly used in African art. I always make the point that African art is always meaningful to the artist, has some symbolic meaning behind the shapes & colors, and is almost always useful/functional. With these key features in mind, students can understand African culture a little deeper.
We began by watching this short slide show I found on YouTube:
Next, I gave the students this handout to base their mask design from:
Here are a few examples: