Art Classes: Level I

Level I-Art Lesson 8: The Kitenge Tree Wall Hanging From Tanzania

Learn to Create a Batik Effect With Crayons and Acyrilic paint

The lesson is suitable for students in grade 3 through adult.


Art Lesson Description:

Craftsmen in Tanzania are masters of creating large Kitenge cloths--gorgeously patterned fabric that is worn as headscarfs, sarongs, baby carriers, and more. Craftsmen in a free-trade organization used scraps of kitenge cloth to create the wall-hanging that forms the foundation for this lesson.

This is a multi-media lesson. In it, students will. . .
  • Draw the tree, landscape, and leaves with crayons on drawing paper,
  • Color the picture with crayons,
  • Crack the crayon surface by crushing the paper, and
  • Use acrylic paint to create a batik effect.

This lesson is appropriate for people in 3rd grade through adult. (Children younger than 3rd grade could do the lesson with adult help.)

This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson plus 2 downloadable printouts: a warmup and a drawing of the landscape with the tree.


List of Supplies for Each Student:

  • A copy of the warm-up
  • A fine tipped black magic marker
  • A set of crayons
  • A 1/2” flat or a #6 round watercolor brush (1/2” preferred)
  • A small bowl to mix acrylic paint with water
  • A bottle of a dark color of liquid acrylic paint
  • A sheet of 8.5” x 11” or 11” x 14” paper

Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

Tanzanian Culture:

Geography and Writing: Tanzania is an amazing country. Pretend you are a tour agent. Study the following resources and propose a tour of Tanzania’s parks. Estimate the costs of the tour in order to make you tour proposal complete.



History and Politics: Learn about conflicts in Tanzania and what caused them.

Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Drawing the picture: 20 minutes
  • Coloring the picture: 30-45 minutes
  • Painting the picture: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour of drying time


Original Image
Original Image
How to Draw
How to Draw
A Finished Art Lesson
A Finished Art Lesson

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