We don't think our art teacher is letting our students work up to their potential. So my lead teacher (Louise) said, "Ellen...go. Teach art." So I am.
We're going around the globe with art, starting in Africa.
1) we read the story of Anansi the Spider - and African folk tale.
2) then we read Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters - and African version of the Cinderella Story.
3) then we read about adrinka cloth
4) then we MADE adrinka cloth - but instead of using wooden stamps, we used fruit and vegetables.
- cut plain, colored fabric into the size you want - some of us made wall hangings and some of us made over-size pot holders
- choose firm fruits and vegetables to use as stamps - we used carrots, broccoli, lemons and apples.
- choose 2 or three bright colors of fabric paint and put a little bit in plastic bowls (I save the plastic tubs from frozen lunches)
- put the fabric on a piece of construction paper (to blot the vegetables before you stamp the fabric)
- Have fun making patterns on the fabric.
The finishing is easy - just sew a pocket along the top and glue ribbon along the sides. Put a dowel through it and hang it up.