Ndebele Houses Art Game
Need a February bulletin board that shows student exploration into African art and culture? Imagine these beautiful Ndebele houses projects hanging in the hallway by your door for Black History Month. You will be the talk of the school! This cultural art lesson is perfect for social studies and art teachers wanting to teach about South African tribal rituals, ceremonies, and traditions as well as the elements of art. Step-by-step picture directions and the included PowerPoint presentation with close-up, detailed photos will guide your students from start to finish.
Going to be absent and need a last minute art history lesson for the substitute? Or are you searching for fun, supplemental resources for art? Fill up your art sub plan folder with low-prep, creative art projects. Once your students know how to play the game, they’re easy to leave with a sub! Create a small sub tub in your room with copies of the game in a labeled folder inside the tub along with some dice. The lesson is structured in a way that students can do the reading and practice drawing in one lesson, and the actual project when you return the following week.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This art game makes for the best and most productive early finisher activity for your students. You can set up a choice-based art center where students select an activity amongst different ones. Print out the game board and directions back to back, file them in labeled folders, and let them pick what they’d like to create.
Looking for a differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition? This art lesson will do the trick. Despite students selecting designs from the same game board, the outcome of each project is unique to the creator.
You will create an Ndebele house by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to put it together.
- First, trace the house onto another sheet of heavy white paper (or draw your own) and add a doorway.
- Next, roll the die five times to pick one design from each column. Carefully arrange your designs so they fit together like stacked building blocks. Draw them in pencil first and trace over them with permanent marker. Don’t worry about making perfectly straight lines. The Ndebele women don’t use rulers.
- Then, use a small paintbrush and tempera paints to fill in your design.
- When it’s dry, cut out your Ndebele house.
- To create a thatched roof, first cut brown construction paper into thin strips.
- Then make a series of cuts along the bottom edge close together.
- Glue the strips onto the roof, overlapping them so the white paper below doesn’t show.
- Lastly, flip your house to the back and cut off any brown paper that hangs over the edge.
I’ve included three ways students can generate their design. The first is the game board where students roll the die to select their parts. The second is a “you pick” board. Both of these are printables. And lastly, for teachers needing engaging lessons during distance learning, I’ve added digital spinner wheels!
First, print out the Ndebele houses game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give your students dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. If you have access to a smartboard or projector, use the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. It will guide the students during each part of the art project.
Once completed, have students use the self-assessment rubrics to evaluate their artwork based on craftsmanship, creativity, following directions, work habits, project goals, and clean up. And then have them complete the “Big Ideas” sheet so they can connect the creation process to their learning.
If you are substituting or need a fast finisher activity, use the included coloring page.
- 4th, 5th, and 6th grade
Main Learning Objective
- Students will be able to draw and paint a Southern Ndebele house using traditional designs from this South African tribe.
- Brown Construction Paper
- Heavy White Drawing Paper
- Tempera Cake Paints
- Permanent Markers (Fine and/or Extra Fine Point)
You Will Receive
- 13-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Ndebele Houses Art Game)
- 11-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Southern Ndebele Culture Information Handout
- Drum Template
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
- 8, “I CAN” Statements Aligned to the Studio Habits of Mind
- Practice Drawing Page
- Coloring Page
- Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (also for use in Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Seesaw, Microsoft OneDrive, Teams, and anywhere else you can share a link to a file…link on the bottom of page 2)
- Digital Spinner Wheels in the download as well as on Google Slides and YouTube (links on the bottom of page 3)
I used this the last week we were actually in the classroom and unfortunately my kids didn’t get to finish it. We traveled around the world in Art this year and were in the process of studying Africa. We had fun learning about the Ndebele houses and starting these projects. Wish I could have seen their completed projects! – Janna A.
I really enjoyed this bundle and template! It made my lesson planning so much easier! -Jennifer O.
Great for long distance learning! Thank you! -C.J.