Inspiring Art

World Cultures and Faiths: Africa

Handling objects include African masks, textiles, instruments and basket work. Children may assume that Africa is ‘backward’ or ‘primitive’, a key message is that modern Africa combines tradition with the same new technology that we enjoy in the UK.

Following the handling and discussion, children could take part in a range of craft activities (depending on time – to be discussed beforehand) such as printing on fabric using print blocks with traditional African symbols, making masks inspired by the handling masks, making animal print shields and beaded, feathered spears, drums and shakers, painting each other’s faces with African patterns or printing white on black paper to create Masai women pictures.