WORKSHOPS BY ELSA
These workshops are aligned with Alberta Education Social Studies Curriculum to meet learning goals and objectives for Grades K – 12. These workshops are designed to promote cultural awareness and encourage students to:
Develop their sense of self and community.
Affirm their place as citizens in an inclusive, democratic society.
Value the diversity, respect the dignity and support the equality
of all human beings.
Demonstrate social compassion fairness and justice.
Demonstrate global consciousness with respect to humanity and
Dress your own African paper doll (Workshop length 1.5 hours) Students will learn about Kente Cloth from Ghana and use the traditional patterns to design their own ‘cloth’ to make clothes for their African paper dolls.
COMMUNITY (Workshop length 1.5 hours) Students will: learn about the origins of community members of African heritage in Edmonton and create mixed media collages* to illustrate the connections between Canada, and countries in Africa and the Caribbean.
How do communities change over time? (Workshop length 2 hours) Students will: learn about the history of early Black settlers in Alberta; create mixed media collages that reflect on the lives of the Black Pioneers in Alberta.
Examining Diverse Communities in the World (Workshop length 2 hours) Students will: learn about countries and cultures represented in the local African and Caribbean communities; learn about some of their cultural symbols and create mixed media collages using these symbols.
Exploring Folk Tales from the Caribbean, and the African Continent (Workshop length 2 hours)
Students will: listen to stories from different countries and create mixed media collages in response to elements of the story such as characters, events and values taught in the stories.
What do stories of immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean tell us about their history and presence in Western Canada? (Workshop length 2 hours)
Students will: listen to stories about people of Caribbean and African heritage who have made significant contributions to our community in Alberta; identify cultural traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Create mixed media collages to express cultural traditions and values represented in the stories.
Democracy in Canada Compared to Democracy in Ancient Mali (Workshop length 2 hours)
Students will: Compare the democratic system of government in the 13th Century Mali Empire with the democracy practiced in Canada. Create mixed media collages to express the similarities and differences between these democratic systems.
Welcome to Jamaica!
This school-wide residency offers a week-long immersion into Elsa’s own Jamaican traditional singing, games, dance and storytelling while learning about the Jamaican culture. Each workshop will be 2 hours in length. Specific workshops will be selected to meet required teaching/learning outcomes. This residency is suitable for students in grades 1 to 12
Workshop length 2 hours
Participants will be guided through a step-by-step process to create a work of art that expresses their personalities. Each participant will feel a sense of satisfaction/accomplishment upon completion of the task. Those who wish, will be given time to share their work with the group at the end of the workshop. This workshop is suitable for youth and adults.
African Mud Cloth Designs
The technique of decorating fabric originated in the country of Mali and is associated with several Malian ethnic groups. The Bambaran version has become best known outside Mali. In this workshop students will learn the meanings of the motifs, and use them to create their own designs using locally available materials. The final product will be a framed painting. This workshop is suitable for youth and adults.
West African Adinkra Designs
Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Akan of Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa that represent concepts or original thoughts. Adinkra are used on fabric, walls, in pottery, woodcarvings and logos. The designs also can be used to communicate messages that represent personalities or life events. In this workshop participants will learn the meanings of Adinkra motifs, and use them to create their own designs using locally available materials. This workshop is suitable for youth and adults.
*Email Elsa to book your workshop, discuss your workshop needs. Rates are determined by your school size and budget. You can also request workshops and art residencies tailored to your specific teaching/learning outcomes. Find out how you can fund valuable arts programming through the Artists and Education grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts by clicking here.