3rd gr.- Adinkra Cloths from Ghana

The third grade has been learning about art from other cultures.  We will learn about textile (cloth) art from Ghana, which is a country on the African continent.  Can you locate Ghana?


We will learn that adinkra cloth is a type of textile art that uses symbols.

Here are Ghanaian artists showing us how to make adinkra cloths.  Follow the video link: Adinkra Symbols


Student examples (yours will look different):

Day 1:

  1. Fold your paper in half, like a hamburger. Fold it in half again, like a hamburger. Open it up. Write your name on the back.
  2. Flip over your paper, trace over the boxes with oil pastel. With oil pastels, draw a different line or shape pattern in each box. Make the patterns colorful and interesting. Look below for some ideas. Paint your boxes.

Day 2:

  1. Start thinking about which symbols you will use for your “cloth.” Click the image to make a digital adinkra cloth. The symbols can be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal.Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 10.38.07 PM2. Watch these students printing adinkra cloths. Click the image. Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 10.06.53 PM3. At the purple table: Call up quiet students first. Choose 1 adinkra symbol. This will go in one set of your “twin boxes.” Your symbols should represent who you are or what is important to you. Print your symbols in neat lines with black paint. Be careful not to move the stamps while you print them, they’ll smudge.

4. When you’re done using 1 symbol, return it to the correct spot in the egg carton. Get another symbol and print your two remaining “twin boxes.” If you need a symbol that someone else is using, be patient for your turn.





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