Looking closely at art can spark our imaginations. Challenge students to:
Choose a Maasai object below. Click on the image and study it by looking closely at the patterns and colors you see. Use this object as inspiration for a colorful coded animation or interactive game made with Scratch, Processing, or another coding platform of your choice. Remember to think like a Maasai artist as you create!
Consider the Maasai idea that balance and harmony in life are attained through the interaction of opposites. Maasai artists are careful to balance “dark-strong” colors with “light-weak” colors. For example, you may see the color pair blue (considered by the Maasai to be dark-strong) and orange (considered to be light-weak) next to one another. Think about the ways color and pattern are used to create visual excitement. In addition to thinking about variables like color and number of beads, a Maasai artist will also think about how often to repeat (or loop) a pattern.
During your Evans DLP session, students looked closely at artwork from the Maasai people of East Africa and the Zulu people of South Africa. Africa is a large and diverse continent with hundreds of languages and cultural groups. Invite students to consider these objects made by other African peoples. As coders, what do your students recognize? What ideas do they have about how these artists may be approaching their work? What makes them curious? Use the Looking to Learn: I See I Think I Wonder strategy to frame student inquiry.
Thinking about our experience with art helps us connect to people and ideas across time and place. Ask students to reflect on their Evans DLP visit with one or more of the following prompts.