African Art Lesson Plans

Inspired by the cultures of Africa, this 21-page booklet offers four lessons for the early elementary student. Using basic supplies (colored paper, oil pastels, tempera paint and waterproof markers) you’ll find all of these lesson simple, fun and educational.

Lesson #1 African Huts

Colorful mud huts are created using paper and pastel then placed upon a radiant painted sunset.Children learn composition, pattern and perspective. A visually stunning piece.

Lesson #2 Torn Paper Giraffes

Directed line instruction teaches basic giraffe anatomy and simple drawing techniques. Spots are created using torn bits of paper (great for fine motor skills!) and then the whole piece is cut out and placed on a grassy plain.

Lesson #3 Senufo Mud Cloth

(Ivory Coast Art) Using thick and thin lines, children reproduce a classic Senufo image. Photocopy the warm-up sheet to wake up creativity and then use the Idea Sheet to inspire designs.

Lesson #4 Maasai Figure Drawings

Inspired by the dramatic silhouettes of the Maasai, children create a single warrior or a family adding dramatic African patterns for details.

This 21-page booklet inlcudes step-by-step photo tutorials that originate from the classroom setting. Eliminate the guess work when evaluating a lesson by checking out the student galleries.

Five original Deep Space Sparkle handouts include:

Thick & Thin Warm-up Practice Sheet
Senufo Mud Cloth Designs
African Patterns
Maasai Figure Drawings
How to Draw a Giraffe


 Click to see African Art Projects in the DSS Shop


  1. Jessica Ball says:

    Hi Patty

    I just purchased your African Art PDF and payed for it using paypal. I’m not sure how to access the PDF now? Can you please send me instructions as I just love your art lessons!

    Many thanks,
    Jessica Ball

  2. Jessica Ball says:

    Hi again Patty!

    Sorry, I’ve just had a blond moment – I received an email with a link to the PDF – yay! By the way, I teach Year 3 in Australia, and although I’m no artist myself, I’ve been incredibly inspired by your art lessons, and have loved seeing my students get stuck into them! Thanks so much for the quality resources!

  3. ashley says:

    I just ordered 4 of your PDF art books. How do I go about getting them? I got an e-mail receipt, but there was not a link to download them.

    • Patty says:

      Your link will arrive via email. The confirmation email is usually sent immediately after ordering but the links can take a while. We are currently trying to fix this lag time. In the meantime, double check your spam and I’ll forward your email to tech support.

  4. Jayme Martin says:

    Hi Patty,

    I ordered 25 dollars worth of lesson plans last week and have yet to see them. The PAYPAL was set under my husbands account so they might go to his email. Please let me know where we might find the lesson plans and who they would be coming from so that we can check junk mail etc. . Thanks

    • Patty says:

      Hi Jayme,
      The link will go to your husband’s email account, so you should check there. Sometimes, Paypal can take up to an hour or so to deliver the link, but a week is a bit excessive! I assume you have checked your husband’s email but have not seen the email from Deep Space Sparkle or Paypal, so I’ll have Neil locate the email that the order was sent to. He’ll do a search in the logs. He will respond via the email associated with this comment.
      Thanks and don’t worry, you will receive your links!

  5. [...] the figure and with the help of handouts, they created their own. The lesson was featured in my African Art Lesson Booklet. The thing I loved about this lesson was that every child was successful and pleased with their [...]

  6. Patty, just wanted to let you know that we tried out the Masai warriors and they are just fabulous! Thank you, the PDF pack is wonderful! :)

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  9. [...] better suited for a one-time art class. Instead I would pick a paper-focused lesson like some from African Art or Fun with Paper. Remember, each lesson that I suggest includes multiple skills and [...]

  10. [...] the figure and with the help of handouts, they created their own. The lesson was featured in my African Art Lesson Booklet. The thing I loved about this lesson was that every child was successful and pleased with their [...]

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I teach art to 400 school children in Goleta, California. My art library contains hundreds of free art lesson ideas. My shop has art lesson plans, videos and resources to help you teach art to kids. It's a whole lot easier with Deep Space Sparkle.

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