Students Create Symbols Based on African Art

Student creating African artSixth grade students learned about cloth symbols developed by the Ashanti people of Ghana in art class this year, developing their own symbols that represented themselves. Visiting artist Ellen Crane, through an Arts in Education grant, helped students transfer their Adinkra designs to a block, carve them and print with the blocks. Students also wrote reflection pieces explaining their choice of symbols. “This is a wonderful print making and book making experience, along with being a great connection with the cultural diversity offered by this beautiful African art form,” said Teacher Helen Findlay.