From Peace Corps Wiki

Revision as of 14:09, 24 July 2011 by (Talk)
Jump to: navigation, search


Visual and Creative Arts

Lesson Plans

Media:Art Lesson Plans.doc

Contains lesson plan on everything from Leaf Mobile to Introduction to Terms in Art to Colour Combinations and much, much more.

Art Project Ideas


The following is a list to give to students at the beginning of each term to help them find ways to develop their sketches and drawings.

Try it larger.

Try it smaller.

Repeat it.

Make it black and white.

Shadow it.

Put it away and look at it later.

Look at it in a mirror.

Make it pretty.

Make it bold and tough.

Fill it up.

Empty it.

Use more white space.

Use some lines.

Use a border.

Go over the edge.

Reverse it.

Emphasize it.

Condense it.

Use a drawing.

Use a photo.

Use a symbol.

Make the type bigger.

Make the type smaller.

Cut it up and rearrange it.

Add a texture.

Do it freehand.

Try something you like.

Try something you dislike.

Be conservative.

Be formal.

Be wild.

Be funny.

Be silly.

Make it gray.

Connect the elements.

Add a background.

Tack it up on the wall.

Look at it upside down.

Add more colour.

Add variety.

Make it off balance.

Give it rhythm.

Picture Making

Cutting and Pasting

Weaving and Stitchery

Construction and Assemblage

Fabric and Leather Decoration

How to make . . .

Adinkra Symbols

BESE SAKA = "sack of cola nuts"

ADINKRAHENE = "Chief of the adinkra symbols"

AKOMA = "the heart"

BI NKA BI = "No one should bite the other"

EPA "handcuffs"

symbol of slavery and captivity

AKOMA NTOSO "linked hearts"

symbol of understanding and agreement

OWO FORO ADOBE "snake climbing the raffia tree"

symbol of steadfastness, prudence and diligence Because of its thorns, the raffia tree is a very dangerous challenge to the snake. His ability to climb it is a model of persistence and prudence.

EBAN "fence"

symbol of love, safety and security The home to the Akan is a special place. A home which has a fence around it is considered to be an ideal residence. The fence symbolically separates and secures the family from the outside. Because of the security and the protection that a fence affords, the symbol is also associated with the security and safety one finds in love.


symbol of democracy and unity The Siamese crocodiles share one stomach, yet they fight over food. This popular symbol is a remind that infighting and tribalism is harmful to all who engage in it.

NSOROMMA "child of the heavens [stars] "

symbol of guardianship A reminder that God is the father and watches over all people.

AKOKO NAN "the leg of a hen"

symbol of nurturing and discipline The full name of this symbol translates to "The hen treads on her chicks, but she does not kill them." This represents the ideal nature of parents, being both protective and corrective. An exhortation to nurture children, but a warning not to pamper them.

DAME-DAME name of a board game

symbol of intelligence and ingenuity

DENKYEM "crocodile"

symbol of adaptability The crocodile lives in the water, yet breathes the air, demonstrating an ability to adapt to circumstances. DWENNIMMEN "ram's horns"

symbol of humility together with strength The ram will fight fiercely against an adversary, but it also submits humbly to slaughter, emphasizing that even the strong need to be humble.

ESE NE TEKREMA "the teeth and the tongue"

symbol of friendship and interdependence The teeth and the tongue play interdependent roles in the mouth. They may come into conflict, but they need to work together.

FIHANKRA "house/compound"

symbol of security and safety Typical of Akan (Asante) architecture, the communal housing compound has only one entrance and exit. MPATAPO "knot of pacification/reconciliation"

symbol of reconciliation, peacemaking and pacification Mpatapo represents the bond or knot that binds parties in a dispute to a peaceful, harmonious reconciliation. It is a symbol of peacemaking after strife.

GYE NYAME "except for God"

symbol of the supremacy of God This unique and beautiful symbol is ubiquitous in Ghana. It is by far the most popular for use in decoration, a reflection on the deeply religious character of the Ghanaian people

TAMFO BEBRE "the enemy will stew in his own juice"

symbol of importance of learning from the past

AKOBEN "war horn"

symbol of vigilance and wariness Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry.

HWE MU DUA "measuring stick"

symbol of examination and quality control This symbol stresses the need to strive for the best quality, whether in production of goods or in human endeavors.

KINTINKANTAN "puffed up extravagance"

symbol of arrogance HYE WON HYE "that which does not burn "

symbol of imperishability and endurance This symbol gets its meaning from traditional priests that were able to walk on fire without burning their feet, an inspiration to others to endure and overcome difficulties.

MATE MASIE "What I hear, I keep"

symbol of wisdom, knowledge and prudence The implied meaning of the phrase "mate masie" is "I understand". Understanding means wisdom and knowledge, but it also represents the prudence of taking into consideration what another person has said.

NKYINKYIM "twisting"

symbol of initiative, dynamism and versatility MMUSUYIDEE "that which removes bad luck"

symbol of good fortune and sanctity

NKYIMU the crossed divisions made on adinkra cloth before stamping

symbol of skillfulness, precision Before adinkra cloth is stamped with the symbols, the artisan blocks off the cloth with lines in a rectangular grid using a broad-tooth comb. This preparation is symbolic of the exacting technique which results in the highest quality product.

NSAA a type of hand-woven fabric

symbol of excellence, genuineness, authenticity According to "The Adinkra Dictionary" by W. Bruce Willis, the nsaa symbols reflects a saying: "nea onnim nsaa oto n'ago", which he translates as "He who does not know authentic Nsaa will buy the fakes." The quality of Nsaa has come to represent quality of workmanship in general.

NYAME BIRIBI WO SORO "God is in the heavens"

symbol of hope A reminder that God's dwelling place is in the heaven, where he can listen to all prayers.

NYAME NNWU NA MAWU "God never dies, therefore I cannot die"

symbol of God's omnipresence and the perpetual existence of man's spirit This signifies the immortality of man's soul, believed to be a part of God. Because the soul rests with God after death, it cannot die.

OSRAM NE NSOROMMA "The Moon and the Star"

symbol of love, faithfulness, harmony This symbol reflects the harmony that exists in the bonding between a man and a woman. Proverb: "Kyekye pe aware." (The North Star has a deep love for marriage. She is always in the sky waiting for the return of the moon, her husband.)

SESA WORUBAN "I change or transform my life"

symbol of life transformation This symbol combines two separate adinkra symbols, the "Morning Star" which can mean a new start to the day, placed inside the wheel, representing rotation or independent movement.

ODO NNYEW FIE KWAN "Love never loses its way home"

symbol of the power of love

SANKOFA "return and get it"

symbol of importance of learning from the past ASASE YE DURU "the Earth has weight"

symbol of providence and the divinity of Mother Earth This symbol represents the importance of the Earth in sustaining life.

NYANSAPO "wisdom knot"

symbol of wisdom, ingenuity, intelligence and patience An especially revered symbol of the Akan, this symbol conveys the idea that "a wise person has the capacity to choose the best means to attain a goal. Being wise implies broad knowledge, learning and experience, and the ability to apply such faculties to practical ends."

Improvising Materials

Substitute Art Materials


Powder paint for everyday use
5 tablespoons powder paint
5 tbsp water
Put powder paint and water in an empty container with lid and shake until the paint is thoroughly mixed. To make the paint keep better or go on more smoothly, add enough liquid starch or detergent to make it the consistency of cream.
Powder paint for larger quantities
8 tbsp powder paint
1 tsp white library paste
2 tbsp liquid starch
Add enough water to give the mixture a consistency of cream. To prevent a sour smell, add a little oil of cloves, wintergreen, or peppermint.
Using powder paint as a watercolour
For transparent watercolour, add sufficient water to the powder paint to obtain a runny consistency. For an opaque watercolour, add enough water or liquid starch to the powder paint to make a creamy consistency.
Using powder paint as coloured ink
Mix enough water with the powder paint to allow it to flow easily from a lettering pen or mechanical drawing tool.
Using powder paint as oil paint
1. Add a few drops of glycerine and powder paint to raw linseed oil to make a thick cream consistency. Use zinc oxide with linseed oil for a while oil paint.
2. Add boiled linseed oil to powder paint and stir well.
3. Add powder paint to liquid paste. Use stiff brush.
Using powder paint as enamel
Add clear shellac, lacquer, or varnish to the powder paint until a desired brushing consistency is reached.
Using powder paint as woodstain
Mix powder paint with linseed oil or turpentine until a brushing consistency is reached. To make a waterproof lacquer, mix powder paint with a gloss oil. Or, rub crayons with the grain of the wood. Then rub the wood vigorously with a cloth saturated in linseed oil.
Cornstarch Finger Paint
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 quart boiling water
Dissolve the starch in a small amount of cold water and gradually add the hot water. Cook until clear. To keep all recipes from drying, add 2 tbsp of glycerine. Add oil of cloves or wintergreen to keep from souring. For colour, use poster paint, India ink, or powdered tempera mixed with water to a smooth paste.
Liquid Starch Finger Paint
Pour a tbsp of liquid starch in the center of a sheet of dampened paper. Add a small amount of powder paint. Shaker cans or saltcellars are convenient to use. Work the colour and the starch together. Spread it over the paper by hand.
Laundry Starch Finger Paint
2 quarts boiling water
1 cup soap flakes
1 cup laundry starch
1/2 cup talcum powder
Dilute starch in a cupful of cold water. Add the remaining water slowly, stirring starch constantly to avoid lumping. Stir in the soap flakes and talcum powder. This will make about five pints. The soap flakes act as a binder. This recipe can be used to finger paint on glass or over a heavy coat of crayons.
Flour Finger Paint
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup of cornstarch
Mix ingredients to a thick heavy paste in cold water. Pour on enough boiling water to make a thick heavy starch, stirring constantly until clear.
Chalk Finger Paint
coloured chalk
school paste
oil of cloves
Use finely ground coloured chalk mixed with water, school paste, and 2 drops oil of cloves. The result will be a paint with an interesting texture.


Fixatives are used to give chalk, charcoal, or dry powder paint drawings a permanency so they will not rub off. Apply with a spray gun or old perfume atomizer. Pin drawings to a backing of newspapers or to the back of a large carton to protect walls from spray.

1. 1 part shellac and 2 parts alcohol
2. Wallpaper lacquer (use several coats)
3. Gum arabic dissolved in water to the consistency of thin mucilage. Spray lightly two or three times.
4. Mix 1 tsp of paste in 1/2 cup of water. Lay paper flat to spray. Do not let it become wet.
5. 1 gallon of alcohol and 1/2 pint of paste. Excellent for scenic effects or murals.
6. Inexpensive hairspray

Cleaners and Thinners

Glue: Sponge with lukewarm water.
Grease/oil: Spot remover, cornmeal, or salt at least 1” deep.
Gum/tar: Carbon tetrachloride.
Oil paint: Turpentine acts as both cleaner and thinner, linseed oil as a thinner, soap or detergent as a cleaner.
Printer’s ink: Carbon tetrachloride is the cleaner to use and printer’s varnish for thinning.
Rubber cement: Use an eraser for cleaning and benzene for thinning.
Shellac/varnish/lacquer: Use alcohol for cleaning and thinning.
Water-base paints: Water is best for both cleaner and thinner.
Wax/paraffin: Carbon tetrachloride

Printing Inks

Oil-Base Printing Ink
2 parts powder paint
1 part linseed oil
1 part varnish
Will not dry quickly. Good for paper with a rough texture.
Varnish-Base Printing Ink
3 parts powder paint
1 part varnish
Mix with a palette knife on glass. Use a brayer or printing roller, rolling it back and forth until the mixture is tacky before applying it to the printing block. This will dry faster than the oil-base ink and is suitable to use on nonabsorbent, smooth paper. Can be thinned with denatured alcohol.


Bleaching Flour and Sugar Sacks 1
chloride of lime
5% sulfuric acid
carbonate of soda
Make a strong solution of water and chloride of lime (bleaching powder). Allow it to settle and draw off the clear liquid. Rinse the sacks in clean water with 5% sulfuric acid and then pull them slowly through the bleaching solution. Rinse well with water containing a little carbonate of soda. If colour remains, allow the fabric to stay a short time in the sulfuric acid solution. Be sure to rinse well.
Bleaching Flour and Sugar Sacks 2
Dampen sacks in tepid water. Wash well with naphtha soap. Roll tightly and dampen with kerosene. Allow them to stand overnight, wash out, and boil with a bleaching powder or naphtha soap. If the colour remains, the process should be repeated.
Bleaching Flour and Sugar Sacks 3
Use a commercial bleach, following instructions carefully.
Making Natural Dyes
Collect plants, moss, herbs, roots, nuts, and so on. Chop a quantity of one of these materials and put it through a meat grinder. Cover it with water and allow it to stand overnight. Drain off the water the next morning and save it. Add a little more water to the pulp and simmer for 30 minutes. After allowing the pulp to simmer for 30 minutes, drain off the water and add it to the first water. Add enough water to cover the fabric.
Dyeing the Material
Rinse the fabric or wool in hot water, wring it well, and then place it in the dye, making sure it is well covered. Bring the dye to a simmering stage and cook until the fabric is coloured as deeply as you wish. Rinse the material in lukewarm water. Squeeze lightly but do not wring. Avoid direct rays of sunlight while drying.

Screen Printing

Tempera Paint Silk Screen Ink
tempera paint
soap flakes
Add a small quantity of soap flakes to the tempera to give it viscosity and to deter drying. Add water only if necessary. If paint is too thick, it will clog the screen. If too thin, it will run. Finger paint of a creamy consistency can also be used.
Liquid Starch Silk Screen Paint
liquid starch
powder paint
Add liquid starch to powder paint until it is the consistency of light paste.


Cassava Paste
cassava starch
Sieve the cassava starch to remove all lumps. Mix with water and stir to smooth consistency. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. It will thicken quickly and turn transparent. Add more water if paste is too thick. Cool and keep in covered jar. Lasts from one to three days. Excellent for paper mâché.
Flour Paste
1/2 c flour
Add enough water to make a thin paste. Boil 5 minutes over a slow fire, stirring constantly. Cool and thin with water. Add a few drops of wintergreen or peppermint to keep it from spoiling. Keep in a covered jar. Use in any projects requiring large quantities of paste.
Cornstarch Paste
2 tbsp cornstarch
Add enough cold water to make a smooth paste. Add boiling water until the mixture turns clear. Cook until it thickens and remove from fire. This paste becomes thicker as it cools. It may be thinned with water. Use it on tissue paper or thin cloth as it is less likely to show than flour paste.
Bookmaker’s Paste
1 tsp flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp powdered alum
Mix ingredients together. Add 6 tbsp of water slowly, stirring until smooth. Cook over a low flame, preferably in a double boiler. Stir constantly until the paste is thickened. Keep in air-tight jars and thin with water when necessary. Use to make notebooks and in bookmaking projects.

Modelling Material

Crepe Clay
1 fold of crepe paper, any colour
1 tbsp of salt mixed with 1 cup of flour
Cut the crepe paper into tiny pieces (confetti size). Place in a large bowl and add only enough water to cover the paper. Allow it to soak for 15 minutes and pour off the excess water. Add enough of the flour-salt mixture to make a stiff dough. Knead well until it is blended with the crepe paper.
Flour Clay
1 cup flour
1 cup salt
1 rounded tsp powdered alum
Add water slowly and knead until a claylike consistency is reached. Wrap in a wet cloth to keep a few days. This substitute may be handled exactly like clay. When dry, it can be painted. It retains its shape without crumbling. For a coloured mixture, add powder paint to the water when mixing it.
Cornstarch Clay
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup salt
1 cup boiling water
Boil to a soft-ball stage and knead on wax paper until malleable. Wrap in a wet cloth to keep a few days. This substitute may be handled exactly like clay. When dry, it can be painted. It retains its shape without crumbling. For a coloured mixture, add powder paint to the water when mixing it.
Papier Mâché Pulp
Tear newspapers, paper plates, or egg cartons into fine bits. Cover with water and soak for 24 hours in a non rusting container. Put mixture in a cloth bag and squeeze to get rid of excess water. Work on a wax paper surface so water will not damage the table or the desk. Add ONE of the following for each quart of pulp:
6 tbsp flour
6 tbsp dry laundry starch
1 cup liquid starch
1 cup thin library paste
1 cup wheat paste mixed to consistency of cream
1 cup boiled flour paste
A few drops of wintergreen oil or oil of cloves will help keep the pulp from souring. A little salt added to the mixture will prevent fermentation. Knead to the consistency of soft modelling clay. Drying may take as long as a week.
Quick-Drying Pulp
4 cups papier mâché pulp
1 cup plaster of Paris
1/2 tsp commercial glue
Knead to the consistency of heavy dough. It will dry in three to six hours.
Sawdust 1
2 cups sawdust
1 cup flour
1 tbsp glue
hot water or liquid starch
Moisten with water or starch until you reach a modeling consistency. If being used for ornaments, strings or wires should be put in place while they are being modelled. May be painted when dry.
Sawdust 2
wallpaper paste
Mix equal parts. If the mixture is sticky, add more sawdust.
Sawdust 3
3 cups sawdust
1 cup wheat paste
Add enough water to mix the ingredients. Do not make it too stiff.
Sawdust 4
1 cup sawdust
1 cup plaster of Paris
thin glue
Mix together. Add enough glue to hold it together.
Sawdust 5
2 cups sawdust
1 cup plaster of Paris
1/2 cup wheat or wallpaper paste
2 cups water
Mix ingredients. Add water gradually until a modeling consistency is reached. Excellent for puppet heads, fruits, vegetables, masks, figures, animals.
Sawdust 6
1/2 pint flour
1 quart water
1 tsp alum
1 tsp oil of cloves
Cook flour and water until a creamy stage is reached. Add alum. Remove from the stove and add oil of cloves. Stir in enough sawdust to make a modeling consistency. May be painted with powder paints or other colouring media when dry.
Texture Sawdust
powder paint
Mix the powder paint with water to a thin cream consistency. Spread it over sawdust and stir well. Spread on a newspaper to dry. Use it to sprinkle on a glued surface for a textured effect.
Sawdust Mix for Relief Maps
Add a teaspoon of commercial glue to any of the above recipes to increase the adhesive quality of the sawdust mix when applying it to a wooden surface.
Dough 1
2 cups flour
2 cups salt
Mix. Add enough water to make a creamy consistency. Powder paint or other colouring may be added or it may be painted after it is dry. Excellent for relief maps. Build elevations in layers, allowing each to dry before adding another.
Dough 2
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp powdered alum
beaten egg white
Mix all ingredients together and colour with powder paint or water colours.
Dough 3
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
3 tsp powdered alum
Add enough water to make proper consistency.
Dough 4
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup salt
1 cup cold water
Mix ingredients thoroughly and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture stiffens into a lump. Cool and allow to set until it does not stick to the fingers. A few drops of food colouring or powder paint may be added to the mixture for colour. For Christmas ornaments, this dough may be cut with cookie cutters or pressed into a mold. Holes for hanging may be punched with a toothpick before the ornament is dry. Glitter, sequins, feathers may be pressed into the damp ornaments.
Play Dough
500 ml flour
75 ml salt
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 tbsp food colouring
1 liter water
Mix dry ingredients separately. Boil water in a large pot. Add oil and food colouring to boiling water. Turn heat low. Mix for two or three minutes until mixture forms a ball and doesn’t stick to pot. Let it cool. Turn it out and knead. Store in airtight container, preferably in refrigerator or cool spot.

Plaster and Paraffin Modeling

Plaster of Paris
1 quart water
4 cups plaster of Paris
Add plaster of Paris to water until a small mound stays on the surface of the water and then stir until it thickens. Be sure to remove small lumps. Powder paint can be added to the dry plaster to tint it. Pour into a mould, form, or box of heavy paper the size desired for carving. The mould should be a little larger than the size of the finished carving. Do not use aluminum ware or a sink (the plaster will lodge in the drain pipes). After plaster has set it can be removed from the form. Even though still wet, it is ready for carving. It will stay damp for several days or can be resoaked in water and then carved or shaped with tools.
Melt paraffin in a double boiler or a pan placed in boiling water, never directly over the fire. Pour it into another container. When it has solidified but is still soft, model it as you would any other plastic material. The warmth of the hands will keep it soft, especially if you dip your hands in warm water. If colour is wanted, shave a little wax crayon into the paraffin while it is melting. A marbleised effect is brought about by adding the wax crayon after the paraffin is melted. Crushed coloured chalk may also be added. When the object is moulded, dip it in cold water to harden. Polish the paraffin by rubbing over it with a cotton cloth.


Gesso 1
10 tsp whiting (precipitated chalk)
6 tsp glue
4 tsp boiled linseed oil
1 tsp varnish
water to make a thick cream
Whiting can be purchased at most hardware stores. Boil the ingredients for 10 minutes in a double boiler. Colour by adding powder paint.
Gesso 2
3 envelopes Knox gelatin
3 or more handfuls whiting
16 oz cold water
Combine water and gelatin in the top of a double boiler. Soak for 10 minutes. Heat until it becomes liquid. Add whiting. Mix with a brush and strain through cheesecloth. Gesso is especially good for making relief designs. Powder paint or metallic powder will colour it. Gesso can also be molded and, when dry, carved with a fingernail or a pencil.

Sources of Materials

809 11th Lane
P.O. Box 3474
0302 777399
Acrylic paint for painting, screening, fabric, glass; brushes; general art supplies; decoupage material; paper

Deaf Art

Living and Working at a Deaf School in Ghana!

Okay, so, you are a PCV at a deaf school in Ghana! Your job is one of the most special assignments in all of Peace Corps and one of the most fun. The nature of the job does, however, present unique challenges and provides unique rewards. What follows is a collection of musings about living and working in a Ghanaian deaf school, advice about how to successfully live with and teach deaf students, and some project ideas that have been especially successful in the past. This information comes from some of the deaf art teachers from the 2009-11 Education group – Joy, Carol, Nancy, and Katharyn.



Creative Arts Primary 1 - 3 Syllabus

Creative Arts Primary 4 - 6 Syllabus

Sign Language

Sign Language Dictionary with video by American Sign Language Pro
Sign Language Browser with video by Michigan State University

How to Teach Deaf Students


Classroom Management

Art Project Ideas

The projects that are italicized have samples in the photo section.

Making Pictures, Drawing, and Colour Work

Texture 2.jpg
Value 1.jpg
Value 2.jpg
Space 1.jpg
Hands 1.jpg
Hands 2.jpg
Prin 1.jpg
Still 2.jpg
Mural 2.jpg

Pattern Making, Printmaking, and Lettering

Poster1 1.jpg


Weaving and Stitching

1. Some students will have eye problems and sewing may be difficult for them. Be more lenient with them in their work and don’t get frustrated with them.
2. Because the needles and thread are small, useful, and not identifiably yours, students will be tempted to steal them, especially if you have the colour of thread that is used on their school uniforms. To avoid this, count the number of needles you hand out and know all the colours of thread you have. You can also put an older student in charge of keeping track of things. They love to catch each other stealing.
3. Make sure they write on their fabric with pencil, not pen. This is also a really good project because they get to take it home and can use it as a sweat rag, etc. (Katharyn)
Weave 2.jpg
Friend 1.jpg

Modeling and Casting


Construction/Assemblage and Paperwork

Airplane 1.jpg

Form 4.jpg
File:Calabash lesson plans.doc

How to Display Art

Good Resources for Art Projects

In addition to the official Creative Arts textbooks and student workbooks, good resources include:

Prince, Art is Fundamental
Watt, The Usborne Book of Art Projects (crafty, U.K.)
Nancy Beal, The Art of Teaching Art to Children (U.S.)
Evans, How to Teach Art to Children (elements of art, Evan-Moor, U.S.)
Jane Bull, Make It! (recycling, U.K.)
Susan Milord, Adventures in Art (crafty projects, U.S.)
Dick Blick lesson plans
Crayola lesson plans
Google “art teacher blogs” for many, many ideas.
You will do some workshops on Ghanaian arts and crafts during training. You can also take workshops on your own all over Ghana, e.g., kente weaving, batik, pottery, woodcarving, basketry, house painting designs, adinkra stamping, bead making, calabash, and screen printing. Some of these things are included on the syllabus, and you’ll be expected to teach them. Or you may just get really interested and want to make a personal study of one. One volunteer, who recently left, became a master kente weaver.

Other Projects



Unless you are very lucky, don’t expect your school to supply you with materials for teaching art. Sometimes you will be reimbursed and sometimes you won’t. You will have to be very creative. You can have your students make things to sell (e.g., jewelry) to pay for supplies.

General Advice


Spelling Bee List

Africa African North America South America Europe Asia Australia China Japan

teacher professor school primary think wonder deaf hearing blind disability ability soon shy doctor nurse dentist office district

complete final commandment children parents church mosque traditional religion education

advance begin finish graduate competition question training practice memorisation resource

fufu potato vegetable fruit rectangle prefect monitor watchman mortar mango banana chocolate Koforidua

illness individual persevere suffer discipline integrity character illiterate crazy terrible disgusting despise vomit adore

frigid sweaty truck obese hungry population pollution search greedy cleanse sunlight darkness sacrifice exhibit station internet leaves grass plant genius where location

place dirty mosquito first second third fourth fifth sixth seventh eighth ninth health weight heavy believe progress understand spelling discuss letter communication quick encourage post office

decide create better best office husband wife fast culture aeroplane boat lorry farmer banker January February March April July August September October November December world listen keys gigantic miniature certificate document

spelling interesting mature minister enter forward infant reduce conflict minute prefer dislike happen far close weep strange pocket empty broken letter locked view itchy attempt advice alligator hippopotamus impossible possible insect swim murder shrink damage destroy authority soldier defend define disappoint depressed unusual disappear history discover discourage disrespect donate twin manufacture

marriage wedding ceremony hurry interpret pound million hilarious coconut mistake accident blame mixture morning afternoon evening night muscle bones skeleton brain intestines

interview international investigate island target technology television temperature thirsty through thousand tomorrow tonight toothbrush transfer

Art Vocabulary/How to Explain and Describe Art Things in ASL

ASL is a fantastic language for some things (telling stories, displaying obvious emotions, joking around) and not so fantastic for other things (describing particular emotions or abstract things). While English can be a very specific language, with individual words for everything, ASL is more limited in its vocabulary. Because of this, because there aren’t signs for specific art words, it’s sometimes difficult to explain an artistic idea to your students. This is one Volunteer’s (Nancy’s) experience with it: “It took me a long time to figure out that there are no art signs for teaching other than cut, paste, etc. It wasn’t until I was trying to explain the resist technique in batik that I realised that you have to approach the language in a whole different way. I worked with one of the better teachers and we came up with ‘enter colour can’t.’” And this is the best way to do it; if there is not a sign for what you are trying to teach, describe it in a different way. The following is a list of some art vocabulary words and ways that you can explain them in Sign. Just do the signs in the order that they appear.

Ghana Homepage

Personal tools
Tell Your Friends
Peace Corps News
Country Information