Art for Kids: African Gallery Animals


Activity for children that describes an ox mask with a bird on it from the African collection and describes the way animals help each other. Kids can imagine what the ox and bird say to one another.
Discover art in the African Gallery at KAM. This mask shows two animals who help one another. How do we see animal helpers at home? Imagine: what might these creatures say to one another?
Teacher Resource

Try this downloadable activity inspired by art in Encounters: The Arts of Africa at Krannert Art Museum.

The Bush Buffalo Mask was created by an artist in Burkina Faso, a country in West Africa. This mask tells a story about two animals.

What do you see in this work of art? How are the animals it shows similar to the real animals? How are they different? 

What do you think the bush buffalo and the ox pecker bird would say if they could talk? 

It is exciting to think about animals helping each other. Do you see this in your own world? Can you make art that tells a story about animals?


Ready for more? Explore art in the African Gallery online in the Encounters: The Arts of Africa Portfolio.