LESSON PLANS FOR
"KENTE" PLACEMATS plus
Ancient Africa Links
These elementary art lessons can be
utilized in studies of art history. Students can learn about the various tribal
masks of Africa and the ceremonies in which they were used.
Students gain a greater perspective of
other traditions and beliefs. They gain experience in exploring several media.
1. Students cooperate with each other.
2. Students learn to manipulate a variety
3. Students explore traditions of African
4. Students increase creativity by making
something new and different.
5. Students' feelings of self-worth will
Resources / Materials
PICTURES OF AFRICAN MASKS, FACE PATTERNS,
POSTERBOARD OR OTHER HARD PAPER, PAINT, BEADS, BEANS, VARIOUS UNCOOKED PASTA,
FEATHERS, RAFFIA, YARN AND ANY OTHER ITEMS YOU MAY FIND APPROPRIATE
Activities and Procedures
1. View and discuss a presentation of ancient
2. Explore African mask-making by viewing pictures.
3.Create a preliminary drawing of mask.
4.Pass out face patterns. 5.Trace pattern on hard
paper and draw mask designs, tell students that they may change facial features
on masks. The pattern is only a guide for location of eyes and mouth in case
they would like to wear their masks.
6.Paint masks and allow to dry.
7. Cut mask out and prepare materials that will be
attached to masks.
8. Decorate masks.
PICTURES OF AFRICAN SHEIELDS, POSTERBOARD OF
CARDBOARD, RAFFIA, OIL PASTELS OR PAINT, BROWN PAPER BAGS OR BROWN CONSTRUCTION
1.HAVE STUDENTS TRACE SHIELD PATTERN ONTO
2. CUT OUT SHIELD SHAPE.
3. CRUMBLE UP HALF A PAPER BAG OR BROWN PAPER.
4. GLUE SHEIELD SHAPE TO BROWN PAPER AND CUT EXTRA
PAPER OFF AROUND THE SHIELD SHAPE.
5. DECORATE SHIELD USING OIL PASTELS OR PAINT
(CRAYONS ARE TOO DULL ON THE BROWN PAPER)
6.USE A HOLE PUNCH TO CREATE HOLES IN WHICH RAFFIA
CAN BE TIED.
7.ATTACH A HANDLE MADE OF A RECTANGULAR STRIP OF
POSTERBOARD. USE MASKING TAPE TO ATTACH THE HANDLE TO THE BACK OF SHIELD.
Pictures of Kinte cloth
black construction paper12"X18", 1 inch
strips of colored paper
1. Have students fold a 12"x18" sheet of
black construction paper in half.
2. Draw lines about an inch apart,
starting at the fold and ending an inch away from the edge of the paper.
*Students who are use to weaving can draw
other types of lines other than straight such as zig zag or wavy.
3.Cut on these lines.
4. Weave one inch strips of paper using
African colors. Instruct students to use the over and under technique.
5.Slide each strip snugly over to the
6.Glue edges down on both sides and
laminate if desired.
Students critique: What design principles
and elements have I used? What do I especially like, and what would I do
differently next time? Students display masks and shields with "special" name
and stories of purpose, or students create a skit for other selected grades to
observe, after which masks are displayed.
Heritage for Kids
African Masks pictures
Created by Tabitha Ward