Out of Africa schooling

PUBLISHED: 15:40 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 21:35 29 May 2010

Youngsters create African artwork - Pic: Dick Harding

Youngsters create African artwork - Pic: Dick Harding

AN African art day saw pupils from Stebbing Primary School going home donning jewellery they had made in class. Head teacher Janet Matthews said: The children had a wonderful time making traditional prints and creating beaded jewellery. The Kanko Arts F

AN African art day saw pupils from Stebbing Primary School going home donning jewellery they had made in class.

Head teacher Janet Matthews said: "The children had a wonderful time making traditional prints and creating beaded jewellery."

The Kanko Arts Foundation spoke to the children from reception up to Year Six about African art, the role it plays in its culture and how to do it.

They showed them examples of African jewellery and clothing before helping them make Adinkra printings, which originated in Ghana using dried fruit; a method with religious significance.

They also demonstrated how to decorate beads before using them to make pieces of traditional African jewellery.

"Days like this are important as they raise the children's cultural awareness," said Mrs Matthews. "The children loved it. They had great fun making the prints and beautiful jewellery.

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