CRETE | The Crete Public Library’s Young Adult Department held Teen Art Studio on Aug. 6 where teens learned about the ancient Adinkra visual symbols and the Moche portrait vessels.
Adinkra are visual symbols that represent concepts or aphorisms and were originally created by the Akan people, an ethnic group native to Ghana and the Ivory Coast.
Adinkra is used extensively in fabrics, pottery, logos and advertising. They are incorporated into walls and other architectural features. The teens enjoyed learning about this technique and created their own fabric Adinkra by making personal ink stamps and then using the stamps to print designs on paper.
Teens used plastic skull vessels to create their Moche portrait vessels which are ceramic vessels featuring naturalistic representations of human faces that were unique to the Moche culture of Peru in Pre-Columbian Americas. Painting their own individual and unique designs on the skull, the vessels were very colorful and expressive.