NEW BRITAIN MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

Youth Drawing 101

Akan-Inspired

Selina Trieff, Women in Hats, 1988, Oil and golf leaf on hypro, 12 x 24 inches, Gift of the Artist, 2011.72

The Akan ethnic group of South Ghana, is the largest ethnic group in the Gold Coast, dominated the gold mining and trading in the region comprising approximately 20 million people. Their culture is rich and colorful, as they procure many of their everyday items from their own land, such as their vibrant kente cloth. Another oOne of these items is goldfrom the 15th to 19th centuries., Akan people dominated the gold mining and trading in the region. Rulers wore gold-ornamented sandals and, crowns, and were completely draped in gold jewelry.

By combining these aspects of Ghanian culture with ideas of making images with readily available materials, much like the works found in the Museum's exhibition Deriving inspiration from the Museum's exhibition Ghana Paints Hollywood, ´╗┐students will make make dotted paintings, decorated with acrylic and gold foil, on slabs of wood to create their own interpretations of royal regalia, while learning about the history of the use of gold in Ghanaian visual culture.

Admission

$12 Members

$22 non-Members

Schedule

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm