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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Giraffe on Kente Cloth


Our school will be having another Culture Night this March! It was so much fun last year to see the students and their families share pieces of their life and culture with curious minds of Krahn Elementary. This year, the artists of Krahn will be sharing inspired ideas from a variety of cultures around the world. These will be on display at Culture Night. YAY!
ONe of these inspired projects will be African Culture. 

Giraffes are one of the most unique creatures in the world.
They live naturally in Africa. We will be using these fascinating animals as our subject for this project. 

Mrs. McGinley's 1st grade 
Giraffe Practice (teacher guided)
Mrs. McGinley's finished giraffes
Mrs. Zarella's Kinder class

Fernanda, Giovanni, Chloe, Austin, 
Julia, Jeremy, Josue & Kaiden
Mrs. Oliver's 1st grade giraffes

Mrs. Penn's KindergARTen
Lily, Brooklyn, Michelle & Leah

Mrs. Ayers' KinderArt Giraffes
Taylor, Mia, Madelynn,
NoName1, Jack, NoName2,
Ava, NoName3 & Diego

Mrs. Baylor's kindergARTen
Kathryn, Angelina, Lilly,
Logan, Addison and Julia
Mrs. Elijah's 5th grade class

Aniyah, Lanee, 
Evy & Katie 
Draw Long Neck Giraffe
1. Draw 2. Outline 3. Color/Shade/Highlight
Maddy working below
(5yrs. Old)
Drawing light
Adding darker outline and details

Create Kente Cloth background
Using design ideas from African Textiles

Kente cloth

Kente cloth is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the Akan ethnic group of South Ghana. Kente cloth has its origin with the Ashanti Kingdom, and was adopted by people in Ivory Coast and many other West African counties. It is an Akan royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings. We will use lines, patterns, colors and interwoven design to inspire us for the background for our giraffe.

A video to teach more in depth what Kente Cloth is all about

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Example One
Apposing Lined Checkered Board



Angie from 1st grade working on her Kente cloth backgrond

Angie from Bluhm's 1st grade class

Example Two

Example  Three


  1. I was searching for a Kente cloth background drawing for my 2nd graders zebras, and I came across your lesson. This is great! One question, how did you have your little ones separate their paper into 12 equal parts for the woven look?

  2. I folded them for the little one, then made them black marker the fold lines. We used opposing lines on every other square. That was the hardest part to teach.

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