Fifth graders did an incredible job drawing these African animals and the African fabric-influenced background patterns. First, they 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, explaining the significance of the animal and why they chose it.
I chose an African Meerkat. In African culture it represents leadership, royalty, intelligence, and invincibility. I chose this animal because Meerkats are adorable and like me, are small but mighty.
I choose the African wild dog for my project. I choose the dog because the symbol is mystical power and I love dogs.
Monkeys symbolize Initiation, Healing, and Hunting. I chose a monkey because they very cute and fun to play with. One of a monkey's main traits are playful and funny and I can be playful and funny too!
I chose an elephant because I think they're cool and my nanny’s niece loves elephants. In African art an elephant means power, authority, intelligence, and longevity.
This is an African blue sterling.
It looks cool and I like birds
In African art, birds mean communication, past learning, future.
I chose a scorpion. In African art, it represents time and the rising sun. I chose it because I think it looks really cool.
I chose a lion.
I chose it because it is a leader and is strong.
It stands for royalty, hunting, and warrior.