Digital Kente Cloth Art Project
Are you teaching remotely and need a fun and engaging art lesson for Black History Month? This kente cloth design project is 100% digital. That means the entire artwork is created in Google Slides, making it perfect for distance learning or even as a fast finisher activity in the art room. Kids copy and paste shapes to design their own kente pattern. With 168 graphics to choose from, each student’s artwork will be totally unique!
The best part? It requires no prep! Simply download and assign it via your school’s LMS.
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Overview of How to Make Digital Kente Cloth for Kids
To begin, your class can read about the history of kente created by the Akan people of Ghana. The text is fully editable so you can customize it however you like. It illustrates the legend behind its creation, the history of silk, as well as how it’s used in modern society. It also explains kente cloth color meanings in Ghana.
From here, kids will follow the step-by-step directions to design their own digital collage art project. They will copy and paste design elements onto one of 8 different templates. Once they’ve decided on a pattern, they can use the paint bucket and border fill tools to re-color any of the kente cloth designs. Lastly, your class will duplicate them to complete the pattern.
This art lesson includes 168 moveable pieces for your class to design their own digital kente cloth collage. Step-by-step directions are included at the beginning of the document to teach kids how to copy and paste, flip, and rotate designs as well as how to change the color and size of them in the layout. Additionally, I’ve included directions for students to make their own background pattern as an alternative to using one of the given templates.
The download contains a two-page PDF with directions on how to access the templates. And this document comes ready to go in Google Drive, so don’t worry about trying to figure out how to import it into your Drive!
I’ve included directions for some basics like copy/pasting, rotating, and adjusting the size of images as well as how to change the fill and border color of the shapes.
- 5th Grade through 8th Grade
You Will Receive
- 1 Non-Editable PDF – Basic overview of the art project included.
- Google Drive Access Link – A link to download the digital kente cloth templates located on page 3 of the PDF.)
- 18 Student Directions Slides – These explain the basic features of Google Slides including how to copy/paste, rotate, scale up/down, and change the fill and border color of objects in a layout.
- 8 Student Useable Background Slides – These include tessellated geometric backgrounds. This is where students will place their shapes onto. Any background a student is not using can be deleted once they have selected which one they want to work with.
- 168 Moveable Objects – These items can be copied and pasted into the backgrounds mentioned above. They will use these items to design their digital collage. (DISCLAIMER: the graphics used in this file may not be used to create commercial resources).
- 1 Kente Cloth History Reading Passage – This is a one page document about the kente in Ghana. It is fully editable.
- 4 Teacher Examples – The last four slides of the deck can be used to demonstrate on and show your class a completed version of the project. Do not include these when you assign it to your class. Do not include these when you send a copy of the art project to your students.
- Each template page is designed on 8.5×11″ slides and can be printed if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions About Digital Kente Cloth Design Art Project
- Does this work in Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Canvas? Yes! Anything created in Google Slides can be shared with kids. You’re just using those LMS’s to assign things.
- Do kids need their own Google account to use this? Yes, they will need access to Slides to work in this program, However, you can download the file in PowerPoint and have your class use that instead. Keep reading to learn more.
- Can I use these digital kente cloth templates in PowerPoint? Absolutely. Anything made in Google Slides can be downloaded into PowerPoint. First, open the file. Then, go to FILE >> DOWNLOAD >> MICROSOFT POWERPOINT.
- Can kids add their own shapes within this document? Yes! Kids can use the shape and line tools to add their own unique touch to their cityscape. Your class can use the polyline and scribble tools to create more complex shapes. Both tools can be found by tapping on the line tool in the toolbar at the top of the screen.
- How do I get the digital kente cloth templates to show up in my school Google account if I accidentally opened it in my personal account? Very easy. First, log out of your personal account. Then, log into your school Google account. Lastly, click on the link in the PDF and it will show up in your Drive.
- Do I need to buy a download for each student? No. But you do need to purchase a license for each adult who will use it in your school.
- I downloaded your PDF, but I can’t figure out where to access the Google Slides document. Click the link with the pointing arrow on Page 3.