Monday, May 23, 2011

Tie + dye

The P7's really enjoyed the surprise element of tie and dye. The students brought clean handkerchiefs with them (everybody I meet here always carries a real cotton hankie) and most where thrilled with the unpredictable results. We then collated the finished hankies to made two giant patchwork wall hangings for the exhibition.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sirigu painting

We looked to the traditional wall painting of the small village of Sirigu in the North of Ghana for our inspiration for the P5 paper globes. We used natural colours to paint symbolic animals and create the geometric patterns. Check out an organisation that supports the women artists of this very special place.

Monday, May 2, 2011


Adrinka symbols of West Africa where the theme for P4 group work. We had a really fun (and challenging) workshop with my biggest class of 100! Pupils learned about the history and different meanings of some of the symbols. Lots of which are seen everyday here in Ghana, from cloth, jewelry to logos and even on Taxis. Check out this great website for more info. Usually they are block printed but due to the size of the class we made stencils and sponged through the templates to make our repeat patterns.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Are you dancing?

These our some of the cultural dancers from our school. Everybody is getting ready for an annual creative competition that brings together all the schools  in the district. I am told it will be a fun day of art, music dance and drama.  Our Creative Art classes are going to be busy creating some traditional Ghanian art and design. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


I couldn't believe how many Obama jotters there were while making some work the other day. Also available, the rather tasty, Obama biscuit!

Monday, April 4, 2011


To conclude of ‘Keep Our Environment Clean’ theme P7s work was focused on ‘upcycling’ (something that happens here on a daily basis). In groups students designed and constructed an object of their choice using newspaper, bottle tops, old water sachets and tin cans.   Sorry these photos don’t do all their hard work justice.  

Monday, March 14, 2011

Keep our school clean

The litter in the school playground at the end of the day is a sight for sore eyes. Surprising as there is no janitor and it is the pupils themselves would do the cleaning and sweeping every morning. To raise awareness, talk and advertise our plight for a cleaner school we embarked on a bit of graphic design with some successful results.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Fragile world


The P5’s made paper m√Ęche globes this term. In groups they wrapped newspaper soaked in flour and water to cover balloons. Leaving them to dry until the following week, they then undertook the daunting task of drawing and painting on the continents.   

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Smudgy smoke drawings

As part of our ‘Keep Our Environment Clean’ theme the P4’s used charcoal (usually used here to cook) to draw different types of air pollution.