5th Grade Ndebele-Inspired Paintings
My 5th grade African-inspired Art lesson was based on painted houses in South Africa created by the Ndebele tribe. (I had to look up how to pronounce it!) The designs on the houses are so cool- definitely the most inspiring thing I came across when researching Art from Southern Africa. The houses are painted by women in the tribe and usually feature geometric shapes, bright colors, and symmetrical designs. Source: ndebelevillage.co.za via Katie on Pinterest I decided that the project would…
Zim Zimma: Esther Mahlangu's BMW parks at the British Museum
Since the first BMW car was used as an unlikely canvas in 1975, a roster of art world heavyweights from David Hockney to Andy Warhol, Jenny Holzer to Roy Lichtenstein have transformed 17 cars into 3D artworks. In 1991, South African Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu was commissioned to paint the 12th car. The white BMW 525i was coated — hub caps and all — in a mural of geometric pastel-coloured shapes creating an artwork which is at once radical and “traditional”.
Rock Art in Africa
The Bradshaw Foundation presents the African Rock Art Gallery based on the work of photographer David Coulson, one of the leading photographers of paintings and petroglyphs, as part of the African Rock Art Archive.
Bradshaw Foundation Field Trip to the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa
In 2007 the Bradshaw Foundation had the privilege of being shown San rock art paintings of the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa, by the leading expert Dr Ben Smith, Director of the Rock Art Research Institute at the University of Witwatersrand.
Game Pass Shelter the 'Rosetta Stone' of South African San Rock Art
In the well-known painting from Game Pass Shelter at Drakensberg, referred to as the Rosetta Stone of South African rock art, it was here that a vital key to understanding the symbolism of the San Bushman rock art paintings.
South Africa has a large amount of rock art, both paintings and engravings which are scattered over a vast area. The area most famous for its art (San paintings) is the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park and World Heritage Site in KwaZulu Natal around the border with Lesotho. The mountains here are full of documented sites and …