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Teens learn ancient art at Crete Public Library event

Danielle Johnathan Irions attended recent Teen Art Studio program Crete Public Library where they made Adinkrsymbols paper Moche portrait vessels.

Danielle and Johnathan Irions attended a recent Teen Art Studio program at Crete Public Library where they made Adinkra symbols on paper and Moche portrait vessels. | Supplied photo

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Updated: October 9, 2013 6:02AM



The Crete Public Library’s Young Adult Department recently conducted Teen Art Studio.

Teens learned about ancient Adinkra visual symbols and 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.

Officials said 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.

During the event, teens also 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 America.

Officials said that participants painting their own individual and unique designs on the skull resulted in colorful and expressive vessels.

Staff reports



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