West African Art,
Benin Bronzes Printmaking

In our study of Early West African Civilizations, we look at the advanced smelting and design techniques of the Benin Empire. The art methods pioneered by the Benin were around long before European knowledge of the process. Students research the Benin Bronzes, their history, significance, and symbolism. Then, students learn the technique of printmaking, the use of color, space, and design to make their own artistic representation of a Benin Bronze.