Adire Eleko Cloth & Senufo Animal Art Lesson (Part 2)

Senufo Animal

Senufo Animal

Resources: Adire Wax Batik (A Faithful Attempt)

Part Two Delivery: Senufo Animal Cloth Paintings

  1. Senufo Cloth Paintings first originated in Ivory Coast in western Africa in the 1400s and 1500s.
  2. They made Cloth Paintings to protect them when they were hunting and to bring them good luck when they were dancing.
  3. The Senufo people are known for their mud paintings of stylized animals. Design motifs for these paintings usually include birds, snakes, fish, frogs, crocodiles, and turtles.
  4. Both animal and masked figure drawings are used on the paintings.
  5. The masked dancer figures are often shown from the side or front view. Sometimes they are shown with a front-view body and a side-view head.
  6. Geometric designs/patterns such as circles, stripes, and zigzags embellish the drawings. Rhythm is the repetition of the elements of art (pattern).
  7. Show examples of Senufo Paintings:
    1. Textiles of the World: Woven and Hand Painted Medium Korhogo Cloth
    2. Mingei International Museum: Senufo

Additional Resources on Senufo People and Art:

Senufo Sculpture from West Africa: an influential exhibition at The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1963

African Senufo Cloth

Part Two Senufo Animal Cloth Painting Instructions:

Supplies: 12×18 black paper, colored oil pastels, scissors, glue

  1. Decide on one animal: bird, snake, fish, frog, crocodile, or turtle
  2. Draw an outline of the animal Large onto a sheet of 12×18″ black paper.
  3. Cut out the animal with scissors
  4. Use oil pastels to draw simple geometric patterns on the animals (Don’t make them too busy).
  5. Finally, glue the animal onto your background (Adire Eleko Cloth, see Part One of this lesson) with white Elmer’s glue.

GO to Part ONE of Adire Eleko Cloth Lesson

Here are some STUDENT examples:

Adire Eleko Cloth Lesson- by Megan T.

Adire Eleko Cloth Lesson


Adire Eleko Cloth Lesson


Adire Eleko Cloth Lesson


Adire Eleko Cloth Lesson


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