South Africa is the last stop on our great adventure and it feels good to end in such a beautiful place! The Imaginators found South Africa on our world map and then they took in some quick facts about this vast country! Notable little quirks like it is the only country in the world to have 3 capitals and also the only country to have an entire other country (Lethoso) situated in its borders were a big hit with the older crowd!
My younger Imaginators were eager to get down to making our art... but I'm getting ahead of myself!
The older Imaginators were introduced to the Ndebele people and their practice of painting their homes using elaborate designs! It is the women who are responsible for the painting of the outside walls of the house and they take great pride in their work! They watched an interview of a Ndebele artist who has exhibited her work around the world and really got to see the process of how this woman worked (using chicken feathers no less) to paint these intricate designs!
For our art project the older Imaginators constructed a paper house and painted it using Ndebele-styled designs! I tried to get them to use geometric shapes, clean lines and symmetry to make their designs mimic the style of the Ndebele Tribe. This was a super cool project and we had lots of fun putting it together!
For my little Imaginators we turned to the Zulu tribe for our art inspiration for the day! They saw some pictures of great Zulu warriors and then we started making our fierce Zulu-styled masks! I don't have to tell you that this was a hit... boy oh boy pace from the get go! LOL!
Check out the interesting stories they heard over at The Reading Garden.
From West Africa we move to Kenya which is on the eastern side of the continent. Of course, we found its location on our trusty world map and the Imaginators took in a few facts about the country.
Our art today focuses on one of the major tribes in Kenya, the Maasai, famous for their bright red one-shoulder robes and elaborate necklaces. These proud warriors are cattle-rearing semi-nomads and they are also known for their fantastic jumping! Yup... jumping!
Of course we looked at lots of pictures of these beautiful people and we watched them doing their famous 'jumping dance' then they made their very own Maasai-styled necklaces for their Kenya souvenir!
Check out the story they were read at The Reading Garden.
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)