“Gawu” — African-influenced Tapestry

Here's a great way to combine environmental science with art. Kids use recycled materials to create their own Gawu, a tapestry made of discards. Although designed for special education classrooms, the activity is sure to engage all learners.

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Instructional Ideas

  • While viewing examples of Ghana-born artist El Anatsui's works, include a discussion of the importance of recycling and encourage class members to bring in materials that could be used in their own Gawu
  • Mount the tapestries around the room gallery style
Classroom Considerations

  • The eighth in a series of 32 resources designed for the special education classroom; however, the activity is appropriate for any classroom
  • The packet includes ads for materials for purchase from the sponsoring company; however, no purchase is necessary to utilize the resource
Pros

  • The resource includes background information on Ghana-born artist El Anatsui, as well as a materials list, specific, illustrated directions, and model tapestries
Cons

  • None