Learning & Workshops
nivalArts for the Primary School

 

As a community education centre, Elimu believes that we should celebrate, educate & archive our history

The history of Carnival

This is a learning programme on Carnival Arts for the Primary School



CARNIVAL ICONS & PIONEERS

We have prepared six Art and DT units that will bring Carnival to your school.

Here you’ll find everything you need to run a school arts week or individual sessions with your class.
The units have been written and trialled with primary age children in mind, but can also be used in secondary schools. Each unit provides for six hours of instruction and includes a detailed Teaching Pan, an illustrated Student Workbook and a PowerPoint Presentation to explain tools, materials and methods, all with the help of lots of pictures. An introductory document outlines the wealth of possibilities that carnival arts studies offer, as well as cross-curricular teaching ideas.

“The carnival theme was inspired and inspiring for all the kids. And so lovely to have something to aim for at the end of the week: a performance rather than an exhibition. The kids all had a ball as did the adults.” – parent at Princess Frederica Primary, Brent

Carnival Masks

This plan provides six hours of instruction during which students are encouraged to meet the following learning objectives:

  • Design a carnival mask based on a theme
  • Turn the design into a carnival mask
  • Understand templates and structure
  • Colour and cover
  • Decorate and embellish
  • Evaluate and suggest improvements

Carnival Lanterns

This plan provides six hours of instruction during which students are encouraged to meet the following learning objectives:

  • Investigate, draw and learn
  • Develop a carnival lantern prototype
  • Design and make the structure
  • Cover the structure
  • Colour and decorate the carnival lantern
  • Evaluate and suggest improvements

Carnival Headdresses

This plan provides six hours of instruction during which students are encouraged to meet the following learning objectives:

  • Design a carnival headdress based on a theme
  • Turn the design into a headdress
  • Understand templates and structure
  • Make a front piece
  • Embellish the carnival headdress
  • Evaluate and suggest improvements

Carnival Instruments

This plan provides six hours of instruction during which students are encouraged to meet the following learning objectives:

  • Investigate, draw and learn
  • Develop a prototype carnival instrument
  • Design and consider materials
  • Make the structure
  • Decorate the carnival instrument
  • Evaluate and suggest improvements

Carnival Backpacks

This plan provides six hours of instruction during which students are encouraged to meet the following learning objectives:

  • Design a carnival backpack based on a theme
  • Turn the design into a plan
  • Make the backpack frame
  • Make and attach shapes
  • Decorate and embellish the carnival backpack 
  • Evaluate and suggest improvements

Carnival T-shirt Printing

This plan provides six hours of instruction during which students are encouraged to meet the following learning objectives:

  • Design a carnival T-shirt based on a theme
  • Explore print techniques
  • Learn the print process
  • Print onto fabric
  • Print and performance
  • Evaluate and suggest improvements