African Art Egyptian to Contemporary

Step 1: Overview of African Art

Click on this link to view the Art History Slideshow with articles, videos, and art examples.

The slideshow is interactive. You will need to complete the instructions for each slide. Some slides will ask students to read the article, then answer questions on the next slide, and some slides will ask students to watch a video. The slideshow will be submitted for a quiz grade.

Step 2: Creating a Narrative Drawing.

After looking over the variety of art styles in the slide show Nigerian Material that tell a story, the narrative artworks of Ethiopia, Tinga Tinga style of Tanzania, and other contemporary styles, what are some interesting characteristics of the art styles? How do the artists use the principles of art and elements of art to tell a story? Was there a concept or painting technique that caught your idea?

Now it’s your turn to create! Create a contour line drawing based on your narrative painting. It can be a narrative based on your life, fantasy, or favorite plants and animals.

Essential Questions:

  • How can you create a visual narrative?
  • How are the elements and principles of art applied to add to the visual understanding of the concept?
  • How do personal stories engage the viewer’s point of view?
  • How does shared narrative shape personal perspectives?

Requirements for the drawing:

  • The drawing must fill the whole page.
  • The artist must include at least two principles of art.
  • The pencil lines must be contour and no value. (We will add that later.)
  • Must be made in your sketchbook.

When you are done with your drawing, take a photo of it. Make sure it is clear and has even lighting on the drawing. Submit to google classroom assignment “Narrative Painting creating a drawing”

Example of Step 2 Drawing

Step 3: Adding Color

This is a mixed media project. Students can use watercolor, color pencils, sharpie, and oil pastels.
Tutorial on watercolor and color pencil #1
Watercolor techniques
Tutorial on watercolor and color pencil #2
Color Pencil techniques

Step 4: Artist’s Statement

Finished Work should be signed and dated. Outline with your sharpie the parts you want to highlight.