We were covering the objectives, we can identify works of art from Africa and we can apply an additive printmaking process. We began by looking at African Masks and discussing their similarities and differences. We then created a collagraph printing plate of an African mask using thin cardboard from cereal boxes. We printed the plate four times on four different African colored papers with white printing ink. We finished by preparing our prints for display by cutting each out and mounting them onto small black or white paper and then gluing each onto a large black or white paper.
The learning objectives for this work were: We will know some of the characteristics of African masks. We will understand that African masks are created for purposes such as ceremonies or events. We will be able to create our own interpretation of a mask.
We began by looking at different African masks and finding the similarities. We used neutral and African Kente cloth colored paper to create our masks and added pattern with paper and dried beans.
We then created a background by weaving black and white paper together and then used cardboard scrap to add to the back of our masks before gluing them onto the weaving to create depth.
For this project we were focused on the learning objective: I can identify and create African Art. We looked at many African Masks and discussed the similarities and differences in them. The similarities we focused on was the use of simplified facial features and geometric pattern.
The second learning objective we covered was to cut a symmetrical shape from a folded piece of paper. Then we drew half our mask with pencil and then heavy black crayon and then rubbed it onto the second half of the paper to create a symmetrical mask. We added raffia to the bottom.
The last learning objective we worked on was to create an additive process by looping yarn around a wooden block to make a printing block or stamp. We then dipped our block into white tempera and stamped around the edge of a large black paper for a frame.
The final step was to glue our mask to the center of our printed frame. The students really enjoyed the printmaking process. I think their line designs from the printed frames are beautiful!
Fifth grade is studying African Art and we are looking for geometric patterns in the work. I focused on the textiles of Africa and had a power point to show them the different types and the geometric patterns on each.
We started with a 12x12" black construction paper for the warp and used 1", 1/2" & 1/4" wide strips to weave into the warp for the weft. We began with the largest strips then over-wove the medium and skinniest strips on top. The end of each strip was glued.
I then showed them how to weave vertically just the medium and skinny strips and glue the ends of those strips. They could use random colors or limit their color palettes. This is a lesson that is always successful and the kids seem to really like the finished work.
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