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A Yoruba-Inspired Door
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A Yoruba-Inspired Door

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 25—30 minute lesson

Students will use the Yoruba Door Panels to inspire their own “door panel” that reflects elements important in their own lives.

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Sculpting and Riddles
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Sculpting and Riddles

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

In this lesson students will first have a go at sculpting a face and compare their efforts to the face of the Nkisi. They will then put on their thinking caps to solve the “riddle” of the Nkisi.

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Expressing the Inner Life of Things
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Expressing the Inner Life of Things

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 45 minute lessons

Students will discover how materials can be reused to create new works of art and will describe how Spiritual Messenger exhibits both realistic and expressive characteristics. They will compare Nnaggenda’s work to that of Picasso (who was greatly influenced by African art).

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Moving Around the World
Lesson Plan

Moving Around the World

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will trace the biogeograpical journey of the artist who created the sculpture Spiritual Messenger and examine how people and their work reflect the cultural experiences they have had.

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Recycle, Repurpose, Recreate!
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Recycle, Repurpose, Recreate!

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will discover how materials can be reused to create new works of art, and describe how Spiritual Messenger exhibits both realistic and expressive characteristics. Students will create a sculpture using an assortment of found objects.

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Patterning Possibilities
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Patterning Possibilities

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

In this “discovery lesson” students will use the Yoruba Door Panels to explore the visual arts concepts of symmetry, repetition, clarity of form and line, conceptual proportion, and high relief.

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From Trash to Treasure
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From Trash to Treasure

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Students will discover that objects can be used in several different ways and will brainstorm new uses for objects that might otherwise have been discarded. Students will work together collaboratively as an “art director” to create a work of art using found materials.

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Resolving Conflict Creatively
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Resolving Conflict Creatively

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 50 minute lessons

In this lesson students will have an opportunity to apply journalistic writing skills and their imaginations as they “report” on actual conflicts and write about how they imagine the conflicts would be resolved using the Nkisi Nkondi.

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Retrospective of African Artist El Anatsui Opens at the Denver Art Museum

El Anatsui
Exhibition

El Anatsui

When I Last Wrote to You about Africa
Sep 9, 2012–Jan 6, 2013

The first retrospective of El Anatsui’s work, this exhibition includes important sculptures in wood, ceramic, and mixed media as well as major pieces from his bottle-top series. The 61 works cover all phases of the artist’s career, from his early work in Ghana utilizing traditional symbols to found driftwood works made in Denmark to sculptures made using the chainsaw as a carving tool. This is the first opportunity for audiences to see how the artist’s ideas have developed over four decades. More

African Art
Collection

African Art

Daniel Yohannes Family African Gallery, Level 4, Hamilton Building

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