According to Wikipedia, the origins of African art lie long before recorded history. African rock art in the Sahara in Niger preserves 6000-year-old carvings. Along with sub-Saharan Africa, the cultural arts of the western tribes, ancient Egyptian paintings and artifacts, and indigenous southern crafts also contributed greatly to African art. Often depicting the abundance of surrounding nature, the art is often abstract interpretations of animals, plant life, or natural designs and shapes. This course will focus on the art of “the dark continent” and its profound influence on Western art.
Outcomes: Students will
• create original art using African patterns and colors.
• discover African crafts such as; cravings and mask making.
• comprehend the art that represents the diverse regions of Africa
• equate the many areas of western art that have been inspired by African influences