Kreeger Museum – Hear Art, See Music

Kreeger HASM

LILI Unit: Kreeger Museum, Hear Art, See Music

 Essential Question:What can we learn about Africa and its people by looking at African art? Pre-trip lesson:  This lesson focuses on how one can learn about a group of people simply by studying their artwork. Students first learn the basics of African geography by identifying the continent on the world map and highlighting specific regions within the continent.  Students then learn about African masquerade ceremonies and the motivations behind them as they pertain to two West African cultures. Students also explore connections between patterns in visual art and rhythm in music.
Level of Difficulty:Difficult Trip:   At the Museum, students view two masks they learned about in the classroom. Using their knowledge of African masquerades and the specific events celebrated through masquerades, students discuss the masks as they relate to each culture. Students then create their own masks using natural materials. Finally, students participate in a drum circle where they connect the patterns on their masks to the rhythms being played on drums.
Academic Standards:

  • English Language Arts (CC.6.R.I.2, CC.6.L.4.a)
  • Visual Arts (6.4.3)
Post-trip lesson:   Students add color to their mask using natural materials (raffia, beads, and wood pieces) and oil pastels. Students then learn a traditional West African dance and conduct their own masquerade. Students also test their knowledge of the two cultures and masquerades as they compete in a collaborative review game and take written assessments.