Fifth graders did an incredible job drawing these African animals and the background patterns. This is a particularly engaged and focused class, and I had a feeling that these would turn out beautifully. They did not disappoint!
First, the students researched African animals and their significance in African art on the webpage of the National Museum of African Art. Then, they chose their animals and spent several weeks creating drafts of drawings. Finally, they used sharpie to outline and marker or colored pencil to color them in. They also created an artist statement for their pieces.
I chose the leopard because I think it's cool and it also has a great meaning in African art. The animal means: leadership, royalty, intelligence, and invincibility.
Why do you like this animal? Because I like cats and lions are like big cats.
What can this animal mean in African art? It means war, hunting, royal power, Harry Potter's house flag!
I chose to do a zebra because not one zebra has the same stripe. I think that represents how everyone is different.
The Mudfish symbolizes magical rebirth, protection, and transformation. I choose the mudfish because I like to be in the water and I love swimming.
I chose a hyena because they are wild and they run free and I think that represents me. In African art a hyena means protection. It is also said that it hunts down the bad spirits.
The baboon symbolizes initiation,healing,hunting and death. I chose this animal because I like baboons and carnivores.
Baboon: Symbol of Initation, Healing, Hunting, and Death. I choose a baboon because I love monkeys they’re my favorite animal and they have crazy hair!
Buffalos are symbols of leadership, hunting, duplicity, and strength
Buffalos are known to ambush people but they are usually peaceful.
They are both gentle and aggressive animals. I picked it because I love buffalos.
is a leopard. It is a symbol of leadership,royalty, invincibility,intelligence
I chose this animal because I love cats and and I like to think of my self as a leader
The lion stands for royalty, warriers, and hunting.
I choose this animal because when I think of Africa I think of lions.
I chose a turtle because turtles are my favorite animal. I also chose a turtles represent independence and I like to be independent.