African Modern Arts Project

by East Africa Aid Foundation
Sep 27, 2012

Project Faces. African Modern Arts Project

Faces Group Photo
Faces Group Photo

The concept:

Project “Faces” is a teaching tool to combine children’s imagination with a reflection to their character through their art piece. More often than normal we see teaching visuals through pictures of animals, objects, plants, and nature but seldom a reflection of another character even if this character is simply a drawn cartoon or a sketch. It is almost like seeing yourself through a piece of drawing and through the eyes of your printed self.

The approach:

Composition does not necessarily need to be in individual format but can come in duos or trios then melts into the group within the classroom. The project’s objective is to enhance children’s art senses and abilities to visualize portraits and proportion drawing as well as sketching with abnormal proportions and yet accept those as beauty (abnormally large or non symmetrical features at times)

The class:

This unique approach of teaching does not come easy and needs lots of preparation and higher than normal cost is involved in the process. Every child is assigned one portrait sketch who would be “them” or they become him or her for a day. What if I was him or her what would I do? Western volunteers working at the school help with the project and get the classroom composed with themes which can vary from a song, a poem or a story. It is learn via visuals.

The results:

Children have exhibited much more tendency to interact using such socially oriented techniques than the regular classroom format. Coupled with performing composition it becomes one of the better ways to express themselves in classroom. One step further would be to ask them to draw their own character and live it for one day.

The Needs:

Some of the items are sketching paper, colored paper, scissors, glue, color water and oil as well as glitter not to mention a wild fertile imagination. With your help and support we can make this project continue with the small group of talented children enrolled.

Faces One
Faces One
Faces Two
Faces Two
Faces Three
Faces Three

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East Africa Aid Foundation
Project Leader:
Tarek El-Shayal
New York, NY United States

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