Topic: Knot Designs
(a) Student will be able to recognize knot designs in African art.
(b) Student will be able to make their own knot designs.
Paper, pencil, straight edge.
Knot design is also found in African folk art. This design is found through many tribes as carvings or as wall paintings. It is said to represent the braided hair design. Knot designs are geometric designs that appear to weave or interlace like knots.
(figure available in print form)
l. Have students study examples of existing knot designs.
2. Discuss the procedures of creating knot designs.
3. Show the knot designs using a number of interlocking rings (using the pair of compass to construct the circles).
4. Have students brainstorm ways to create knots.
1. Have students create their own designs, possibly one using the ring procedure, and another with a different procedure, for example using interlocking lines.
(a) Students can write a paper on the history and uses of knot designs.
(b) Identify instances in modern art where knot designs are used.