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Study African weaving patterns and design orientations to create vibrant artwork with Crayola® Gel Markers on dark paper.
Have students research Ewe (pronounced E-Vay) Asimevo patterns and the various types of Kete cloths created by the Asante people of Ghana, in West Africa. The Kete cloth is similar to the Kente cloth created by other African people. Ewe Asimevo cloth is woven on a narrow-strip loom.
Asimevo patterns are created by alternating rectangles of woven fabric cut from long strips. This project uses two different patterns. The replica of Asimevo cloth will alternate patterns and their orientations (directions) as well.
To begin the Asimevo pattern, have students divide dark construction paper into thirds in both directions, creating nine equal rectangles. Students should mark the edges of these sections with a bright Crayola Gel Washable Marker. The colors become brighter as they dry, so the patterns emerge as they are created.
In the first block on the top row, have students create an interesting pattern with bright Gel colors, using primarily horizontal lines. Skip a block, then copy the very same pattern and colors in the third block on the top row. Copy this pattern into the center block, and the bottom left and bottom right blocks.
Have students turn the paper 90 degrees (on its side) and create a different pattern, using contrasting, bright colors. Students should fill in all remaining rectangles with this new pattern.
When complete, have students mount the Asimevo pattern on a contrasting color of paper with a Crayola Glue Stick.
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