Black History month takes place in February. Decorate your home, office, community centre or classroom in honour of African-American culture all month long. Alternatively, incorporate art pieces as permanent fixtures, adding culture to your surroundings. Create handmade crafts to represent different regions of the African continent or purchase new and used adornments.
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Adinkra Wall Hangings
Make Adinkra wall hangings to ordain your home, classroom or community facility. According to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Adinkra printing dates back to the 19th century in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire.
Originally, Adinkra symbols were imprinted on the clothing for royals and spiritual leaders. Now it is used for book covers, wall art and main stream festive clothing.
Create Adinkra art with one or several symbols. Buy stamps from a speciality store or make your own by printing off Adinkra symbols and tracing them on linoleum blocks.
To make each stamp, cut around the tracing using a speciality gouge. Remove all linoleum that is not part of the stamp image. Apply printing ink to the stamp's surface using a foam brayer, which looks like a small paint roller. Imprint a piece of fabric or card stock by pressing on the stamp evenly. Frame your art and hang.
For a children's activity, kids can make adinkra stamps using potatoes, says the University of Hawaii System.
Mural of Famous African-Americans
Children will enjoy taking part in this activity. Produce a mural for Black History month, or for the whole year, to decorate the walls of a classroom, home or library. Children colour pictures of famous African-Americans, such as those provided by Family Education.
Paste pictures on Bristol board or cardboard in quilt fashion and hang the mural on a blank wall. Complement colouring pages with printouts of photographs. The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery has a selection of portraits to choose from.
Add captions to images describing each famous African-American, African flags, CD sleeves of famous African-American musicians or other accessories.
Traditional rock paintings in Tanzania are up to 50,000 years old, states Warm Heart Art Tanzania. Tanzanians painted boulders, mostly in red or white ink, with human, savannah animal and geometric shape designs.
Make similar designs on flat rocks using paint or charcoal. Art Teacher on the Web recommends applying shortening or lard to the surface of the rock first to act as a primer.
African Art Pieces
Look not only at cultural, speciality and furniture shops or online, but also at flea markets, yard sales and second hand shops for African art pieces. Search for African masks, wooden sculptures, textiles and paintings to further decorate your home, classroom or centre.
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