Students will observe real African Kente cloth for African American History month and then design their own and paint it.


Lasting Ideas & Results:

African Kente cloth and geometric designs.


Essential Question(s):

Can I create geometric designs to resemble Kente cloth?


Desired Learner Outcomes:

Students will be able to...
Students will know...
Create a Kente cloth design. What Kente cloth is and looks like.
Make a design that is geometric. What a geometric design is.


Aesthetics: 1.A.3, Creation & Performance: 2.1, 2.3, Elements & Principles: 3.1, History & Culture: 5.B.1, 5.B.2


Daily Engagement Activities:

Lesson Number Description of Activities
Day 1Students will learn about Kente cloth, both how it's made and it's uses, and see examples of it..
Day 2Students will draw and start coloring in their geometrical design.
Day 3Students will continue painting in their design.
Day 4Students will continue painting.
Day 5Students will complete their Kente cloth designs.

Summative Assessment(s):

Describe Performance Tasks Explain &/or Reference Criteria
Creation of African Kente cloth designsStudents will be assessed on craftsmanship, creativity and likelyness to Kente cloth designs.

Pre-Requisite Knowledge & Skills:


  1. On the first day, students will see examples of Kente cloth from Arfica,
  2. Then they will start drawing geometric patterns on their mat board in pencil.
  3. Next students will use acrylic paint pens to color in the designs. I encourage them to outline their designs in opposite colors to make them stand out more.

  • Mat board cut to about 5x8"
  • Pencils
  • Acrylic paint pens
  • Scrap paper
Modifications, Adaptations, & Accommodations:

A variety of materials can be used to make this, these are just items I had on hand.


Acrylic paint pens are permanent, so students had to be very careful and wear smocks.

Students didn't know what geometric was, so I had to teach them that. We discussed geometric vs. organic.

Projects will be displayed together by putting each of the students piece as part of a larger Kente cloth!

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