Groundnut Shell as an Alternative Sculpture Material For Modelling, Casting and Carving: The Case of Salaga Senior High School, Ghana

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This study has explored groundnut shell which is normally burnt or dumped in the environment as an alternative sculpture material for modeling, casting and carving. The researcher adopted quantitative and qualitative research approaches with quasi experimental, action, descriptive and project based methods. Quota sampling technique was used to select 44 out of 145 students in the Department of Visual Arts, Salaga Senior High School. Interview and observation were used to collect data. The data was analyzed using tabulations, percentages, and descriptions. As a pioneering project, the study has made a significant contribution to knowledge. The results revealed that groundnut shell is a suitable material for sculpture. The following recommendations were made; Sculpture tutors and students at all levels of educational institutions as well as sculpture industries in Ghana should make use of groundnut shell which to a very large extent will reduce cost, deforestation, and environmental pollution. It will also improve groundnut cultivation in the country. Curriculum Research and Development Division of Ghana Education Service should include groundnut shell in the teaching syllabus as one of the major sculpture materials since it is inexpensive and also suitable material.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY IN ART EDUCATION