Kwanzaa Crafts Workshops
Tune in for a virtual arts workshop on-demand below with the Painter’s Palette NJ, GlassRoots, and more, plus arts and crafts with Mansa Mussa.
Introduction to African Trade Beads
In GlassRoots’ online class, available at njpac.org, teaching-artist Rain Trippodi will walk you through the steps for making your own necklace using trade beads from the African country of Ghana. The rich history of Ghanaian beads dates back to ancient times when they were first used as the King’s currency for the exchange of slaves, textiles and alcohol.
Kits are free to the first 50 registrants* and will be available for pick-up at NJPAC’s security office at the back of the building, at 969 McCarter Highway, from 9AM to 9PM.
To pick up your kit, please ring the bell to the left of the gate and say you are picking up your package of Kwanzaa glass beads arts & crafts, and the Last Name under which you registered for the kits.
*Limit of 4 kits per customer
Octahedrons/The Magic of the Spheres for Kwanza With Mansa K. Mussa
Octahedrons are eight-sided soft sculpture paper collages designed with colorful graphic arts paper and three-dimensional attachments. The eight pre-punched circles are folded with a triangle template and glued together to form a sphere. Then use glue to add the Nguzo Saba (the Seven Principles), stamps, paper cowrie shells, and geometric shapes to create a dramatic new symbol for Kwanzaa.
Participants will be able to create a winter scene using acrylic paint. Additionally, artists will learn about the fundamentals of painting and drawing such as color theory, balance, perspective, and value.