Creativity in Bamboo

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The aim of the study was to find a variety of ways in which bamboo could be used to create art products in Secondary Schools. This plant is widespread and versatile. Even thou bamboo is grass, it has tree-like characteristics and has advantage over trees because it grows faster. It has been observed that the plant has a wide variety of use in Asia apart from its role in culture and art. From a Chinese culinary delicacy to scaffolding material, virtually every part of bamboo is useful. In Ghana bamboo is in abundance, but its use is very much limited. In line with this, a project work was carried out to study various production processes in bamboo art. This has resulted in the creation of twenty pieces of bamboo art products by the author. An attempt has been made in this manual to give guidance to art teachers who would like to go into bamboo art production with their students. The need for the teacher and student to know the medium has been emphasized. It is concluded that the country as a whole stands to gain economically if the bamboo products meet international standards. Arising from the results, it was suggested that increased governmental participation was necessary through financing, the revival of old rattan industries and the opening up of new ones.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Art Education, 1992