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'Precious Africa' With the Maasai Tribe
In Kenya

Maasai art and culture & Africa's iconic animals in their natural habitat

Schools & children are invited to ‘travel’ with the Last Chance to Paint team to Kenya in Africa, to meet the Maasai tribe. Paint alongside artist John Dyer and exhibit on the World Gallery to highlight what we stand to lose. Discover amazing African animals and the culture of the Maasai. Investigate ecosystems, the people, habitat and animals with our superb free teaching resources. An extraordinary, interactive project planned for 2021 that will inspire and connect children to our natural world.

Join us 'LIVE' from Africa and be inspired

'Live' 5 minute videos each day from Kenya in 2021
Read the 'live' blog to be in the moment with us in 2021
Ask questions before, during & after the expedition
Submit the children's art to the World Gallery now
Why?

Why?

Home to the Big Five, Kenya inspires visions of wide-open savannahs, soaring mountains and tribal culture. Despite these idyllic images, co-existence is not easy, with increasing human populations, shrinking habitats and climate change pushing people and wildlife ever closer together. 

Join us to explore the beauty and trials of life in Kenya by experiencing Maasai art and culture, and observing and painting some of the world’s most iconic animals in their natural habitat. 

Where and when?

Where and when?

Artist John Dyer and musician Martha-Lilly Dyer will travel to Kenya in 2021 (Covid-19 allowing) to visit the Maasai communities living around Amboseli National Park, before travelling north to Meru National Park, a key landmark in the Born Free story and the resting place of Elsa the Lioness.

Working with local artists and guided by Born Free’s education team we will work with community members and local school children in both locations to create some truly unique works of art. We also hope to glimpse some of the wild animals that call Kenya home, including the last two northern white rhino left on earth.

During the visit satellite communications will allow schools to ask questions and we will upload blogs and videos each day to inspire children across the world to connect to tribal culture and the environment. 

What do we want you to do?

What do we want you to do?

We plan to be live from Kenya in 2021 (Covid-19 allowing), but you can still run this project and send us your children’s Kenya inspired art for the World Gallery now by using the teaching resources we have made available. (See below)

When we do go live you can join us via satellite and introduce your children to the project or get them involved by sending us their questions if you have already run the project. After we return from Africa the project remains ready to deliver to your children, as with our previous chapters from the Amazon and Borneo.

We want you to use our teaching resources, the art of John Dyer, combined with our video diary, photographs and blogs from Africa, that will go live in 2021, to immerse your school and children in the subject of Kenya in Africa. Encourage them to reflect, connect and to then create their own piece of art based on plants, tribal people or animals and to upload it to our WorldGallery.online.

Help us to make real connections between peoples and to create the largest online art gallery of art celebrating the natural world. Upload your children’s art.

Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources

Born Free and the Last Chance to Paint team have created amazing downloadable lesson plans and teacher notes for learning about Kenya and to follow the ‘Precious Africa’ adventure.

The resources are primarily designed for Key Stage 2, but are easily adaptable for all Key Stages. Links to Art and Design, Geography, Science, English, SMSC and Citizenship curricula.

We also have additional videos to inspire and ideas on our educators’ page.

DOWNLOAD OUR FREE TEACHING RESOURCES NOW

Our downloadable resources are primarily designed for Key Stage 2 but are easily adaptable for all Key Stages with links to Art and Design, Geography, Science, English, SMSC and Citizenship curricula. They are also great for parents to use with their children.


Full teaching notes for teachers available in a pdf file.

Chapter 3 'Precious Africa' - Summary and Curriculum Links (1031 downloads)

Chapter 3 'Precious Africa' - KS2 teacher Notes (1003 downloads)


Full lesson plans in PowerPoint format.

Lesson 1: Meet the Maasai (1008 downloads)

Learning objectives:

  • To describe the location of Kenya
  • To compare the culture and customs of the Maasai with your own.

Worksheet for Lesson 1 (1003 downloads)


Lesson 2: Habitats and Plants (1004 downloads)

Learning objectives:

  • To describe the five different habitats found in the Amboseli ecosystem
  • To identify plants that are important to the animals and people who live in Amboseli.

Worksheet for Lesson 2 (1003 downloads)


Lesson 3: Animals (1006 downloads)

Learning objectives:

  • To learn about the diversity of animals in the Amboseli ecosystem
  • To understand the importance of a balance between people, plants and animals in an ecosystem
  • To understand the threats facing wildlife in Amboseli.

Worksheet for Lesson 3 (1004 downloads)


Lesson 4: Make your Mark (1003 downloads)

Learning objective:

  • To create a Kenya-inspired piece of art, using information and skills learnt during this course.

Lesson 5: Make your Mark (continued) (1012 downloads)

Learning objective:

  • To create a Kenya-inspired piece of art, using information and skills learnt during this course.

Also available to download on Tes.com

“WE BELIEVE THAT ART CAN HELP TO CHANGE THE WORLD”


Are you already inspired to paint, draw, collage or create on the subject of 'Precious Africa'?


If you are already itching to get creative and to connect to the subject of ‘Precious Africa’ through art then don’t hold back! You can send us your very best art already and we will proudly celebrate it on our online gallery for you. We do have some terms and conditions you will need to read before submitting your art and all art must be submitted by an adult. We are looking for your absolutely best work, something you will be proud to put on your wall at home and to see online in ten years time – so make it fantastic and make it from the heart. We can’t wait to see what you do.