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It is very hard to generalize about Africa. It is a vast continent with so many diverse cultures with rich artistic traditions . For more than a millennium artistic styles have had their origins there and many contemporary artists were influenced by the designs and sculptures from Africa.

African art includes ancient art, Muslim art of North and West Africa, the Christian art of East Africa, and many forms of ritualistic art of other regions. Masks and human figures are very important in the art of most regions. I selected a variety of textiles, masks, sculptures and artifacts to look at and we discussed the similarity between those and the designs that we saw earlier in the term, in Native American and Australian Aboriginal art.

In researching this post, I came across something interesting. It is an African Art Gallery in the Pearl District owned by the infamous Dave of “Dave’s Killer Bread” fame. (who knew he was an art aficionado !)

Anyway , the most interesting part is the link below to a 3-D tour of his amazing collection.

 Week One: Cave Paintings

It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.

© Serene Greene- Art Literacy Academy
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