In art, Rowan Class have been looking at African patterns as we are learning about Uganda. The first thing we did was practise printing, as most of us didn’t know how to do this. We got into groups and worked on how to print different patterns. We had to roll acrylic paint on a palette until it was nice and thick and then we had to roll it on to a polystyrene tile on which we had created a design. The next step was to place the tile on black paper and push it down.
After that, we looked at different African patterns. We researched the patterns at home and brought in some examples to discuss which patterns would be best for our final design. We created an African design in our art books and traced it on to tracing paper, which was then put on to a new polystyrene tile. With a sharp pencil, we dug out the polystyrene on the design lines so it was deep enough. Once this was completed we created a pattern using several tiles on paper before repeating the process on fabric. We left the fabric to dry and in the coming weeks they will be turned in to wall hangings.
We would like to ask our friends in Kafuro whether you use printing techniques for art?