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The device is a dialogue conducted by the teacher in which the class creates an imaginary culture that emulates an African culture. The use of a dialogue allows the class as a whole to participate in the development of an imaginary kingdom and ultimately to realize that the key to understanding the art of a culture is to understand the culture, and understanding the culture is a key to receptivity of its art.
This unit also contains a systematic approach to exploring the aesthetic and cultural aspects of an African artifact proposed by Jules Prown in his paper “Mind in Matter: An Introduction to Material Culture Theory and Method,” Spring 1982 issue of “Winterthur Portfolio.”
(Recommended for Visual Art classes, grades 5 through 7)
West African Art Dogon Culture Teaching Principles Education Africa