Art projects for African-American History Month in our classroom this morning

Kente Cloth (Ghanaian). Seattle Art Museum. Gift of Katherine White and the Boeing Company (81.17.459)

(image via Seattle Art Museum)

Participants in this morning’s workshop in the MFTA studio classrooms braved the snow and were rewarded with some great art projects for African-American History Month (February) which use readily available supplies supplemented with great finds from the MFTA warehouse.

One project our teaching artist, Joy Suarez, taught was how to make an approximation of Kente cloth, traditionally made by the Ashanti people of West Africa. The MFTA version used strips of paper and donated ribbons.

Ribbons, fabric swatches from Gap, scissors and glue are used to make Kente cloth

The finished product looks like this:

Ribbon cut and glued onto strips of paper to make Kente cloth

We are full of ideas for art projects that use inexpensive or free materials. Watch our blog for more posts or attend one of our workshops.

Click here for more information on professional development workshops at Materials for the Arts.

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