I wanted to teach my Year 6s about showing movement through art, but didn't want the children drawing stiff pictures of each other in a frozen mid-run pose!
We looked at he artwork of David Ndambuki, an incredible artist who paints stunning images of the Maasai. Many depict them dancing or hunting, generally moving in various ways.
We watched some video footage of the Maasai dancers and had a go ourselves! After pulling out the features of Ndambuki's art, we created our own pieces inspired by them.
The background was created by blending chalky pastels. For bodies of the Maasai, we stippled red and yellow poster paint and used black poster paint for the heads, flicking it for the limbs.
I think these have a real sense of movement, but also show the emotion of the dances. I like working with mixed media love exploring abstract art! One of my favourite things about this project, was that children who are not very dexterous still managed to create a beautiful piece of art.
Hi! I'm Mrs P: passionate primary school teacher!