SAAE South African Artists in Exile

Developer’s Name:

Sherilyn Lehn, M.Ed., B.Ed., B.F.A., OCT


Grades 9 – 12

Lesson Description:

This Art lesson, for grade 9 – 12, is day one lesson.  While a visual arts focus, students will be introduced to Nelson Mandela and his struggle to end Apartheid.  Teachers will be encouraged to apply South African Ubuntu Epistemology: Activate, Reflect, Connect, and Communicate.

After learning about South African history regarding Nelson Mandela, the struggle to end Apartheid, students will then focus on the topic of South African Artists in Exile.  In these three lessons, students will be introduced to Pitika Ntuli.   Students will be encouraged to reflect and make connections Pitika’s experiences with Apartheid and being exiled through reflecting, communicating connections with social, cultural, and community based issues as they compare and contrast his story to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Specifically, students shall identify and describe some of the ways in which Pitika Ntuli created sculptures to make a statement about Human Rights.

Students will observe images of Pitika Ntuli’s sculptures and then create a Human Rights themed soap sculpture.  Students will be focusing on identifying the elements and principles of design in form, shape, texture, pattern, size, space, and balance. The sculpture must communicate a message about current Canadian Human Rights issues through visual imagery.

Lesson Objectives:

  • Become aware of Nelson Mandela and the struggle to end Apartheid
  • Critically view works of art based on traditional culture and heritage
  • Apply learning to make connections of Human Rights issues to social, cultural and community contexts

Relevant Ontario Curriculum:

  • Visual Arts
  • History
  • English

Relevant Ontario Curriculum Documents

Human Rights Instruments:

The Convention on the Rights of the Child

  • Article 1 – All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
  • Article 2 – Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
  • Article 28 – Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.


Lesson Plan Details by Stages of African Epistemology:








Connect and Reflect



Reflect and Connect

Reflect and Connect


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