I love, love, love African art and find the colors, geometric shapes, and symbolism to be a perfect recipe for art projects that appeal to kids.
I’ve gone and rounded up 20 awesome ideas for African art projects that you can do with your kids (or all by yourself), and included some mystery bonus links. Read on! (All projects are listed clockwise from the top left.)
Maasai people collage – mixed media project from Mary Making, African masks using microwave dinner trays and other upcycled goodies from Artsy Miss M, Kente Cloth marker project from Crayola, Paper Mache African masks from Art for Small Hands.
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Ndebele Dolls project from We Heart Art, Milk jug African masks from Art WIth Mr. E, Maasai necklace project from Use Your Coloured Pencils, 1st graders made African lion oil pastel collages- from The Colors of My Day.
Video for how to make an African drum using styrofoam cups and colored tapes.
African mask marker project by 3rd graders from Art is Basic blog, Mask art project in the style of Lois Mailou Jones, from Art Projects for Kids, Stunning African masks using pre-painted papers, from Mrs. Crosbie.
My plaster strips African Mask project for kids– including how-to video! Whoo!
Bonus: Try making some of these African recipes with your kids to experience a new type of food. The south African curry looks amazing.
Kunte Kinta tribe masks project from Fem Manuals.
Bonus: explore these highlights of African art at the National Museum of African art with your kids.
Bonus: Here is a link to a site that shows the meanings of different Adrinka symbols.
Also see my post: 7 African Culture Children’s Books.