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4th Grade Creates African Tribal Portraits


Mrs. Abele's 4th grade art students are creating African tribal portraits of themselves, bringing together unique patterns of lines and shapes in varying thicknesses. Their project is based off of the work of famous Nigerian visual artist Laolu Senbanjo. Senbanjo has coined his style of art, Afromysterics, meaning mystery of the African thought pattern, as it incorporates African themes and traditions. He uses charcoal and distinct patterns to create complex, story-rich art.

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