We have been listening to A Long Walk to Water in art class. It is about a Sudanese "lost boy" and how he managed to get to America. It is a good book and has kept the classes attention for many weeks! The book happens to coincide with our latest project, African Masks!
Fourth graders are not using the same traditional techniques as native Africans. However, we are learning a lot about shapes to forms, colors from nature, balance, and repetition. We talked about the importance of the masks in African culture, and how many of the masks are held sacred.