OBJECTIVES: My Batik art and Culture workshops are meant to steer students of ALL ages towards being more aware of their community, other world Cultures, their environment, and to motivate them to be of good character.
These workshops will not only bring about greater understanding on the Maasai culture, but will indeed help students levels gain confidence in their individual artistic talents.
View a slide show of a batik art process by Sironka.
Batik Course outline will include the following:
I. What is Batik Art?
II. Studio safety
III. Introduction to various styles of Batik making:
IV. Wax resist and Isolation process:
V. Mood and color:
Objective: Team work!
Students themselves will do an evaluation of the painting they will have produced in relation to the theme and message.
VI. Schools’ participation.
(i.) Teachers will help in planning the class schedule as to suit their school’s time and class schedules. Class teachers will help their school meet the requirements in their preparations prior to my visit.
(ii.) During my workshops, there will also be a time exclusively set aside for discussion on the Batik making process. This forum is meant for both students and teachers to ask questions.
I would also welcome the opportunity to hold workshops for parents, teacher, and other members of the community where possible.
Such public events however, would fall under a different criteria, and a cover charge by venues would be discussed.
|Maasai Culture presentations.|
The Maasai are to this day a nomadic tribe from Kenya, living in small settlements of approximately 10–20 families per settlement. They occupy a large area of the Rift Valley of Kenya, and Tanzania.
Many Maasai make their living trading in cattle, sheep and goats, and still many more have turned to selling bead ornaments to tourists as a source of income.
As has always been their custom, the Maasai equate wealth with the number of cattle, sheep and goats that an individual owns.
Unlike many of the other Kenyan tribes, the Maasai have held on to many of their Cultural ways. These include the age–set system, their colorful dress code and livestock ownership.
However they have also resisted change. This includes certain retrogressive traditions such as girl circumcision, and early marriage for their girls.
But amidst these setbacks, many Maasai have today chosen to cautiously improve their lifestyles. They have done so without drastically altering their traditions and Culture.
They continue to hold on to a pastoral nomadic lifestyle and to being a noble, good mannered, and people of impressive physical appearance.
Presentation and workshops for College, University and the public:
The Maasai Culture presentation will also discuss foreign influences, internal development and the impact that foreign ideology and modern day development have had on the lives and Culture of the Maasai people.
Venue to provide:
Cost of visit: