1st graders began by painting colorful stripes onto a long piece of paper. We talked about how the colors used in Kente cloth represented different things, as an example blue represents 'peace' and green represents 'growth' and 'food.' We also discussed how Kente cloth has patterns of color.
The next art class we made our looms using rulers, paper and scissors. The painted paper was cut into strips and we began to weave. The warp are the strips going up and down on the loom and the cut strips of painted paper are called weft. 1st graders weaved their weft under and over their warp. This was not an easy task, weaving for the first time!
It was a rewarding experience to see the children succeed at this challenge. 1st graders worked together, helped one another throughout this process and were very proud of their hard work in the end.