This is the written comment from a talented African student who first entered the Hexagon Project in 2008 with his “Happy Family.”  Below is his comment on his “ invited guest entry” for 2011 – he is now out of school and still making art work in Cameroon. The hexagon was sent from Cameroon through a traveler to New Orleans, then sent to a friend in New Jersey, folded in a small envelope.  It was then sent to us in PA! It took an "interdependent" path.  Now we share with all! Let us know if you want to see his first hexagon.  We will upload it.

“These are two different paintings with different ideas.

 I do my paintings in the African way.   They relate to African culture.

The title of the first hexagon in 2008 was Happy Family.

This one, titled the “Joined Heads,” also has its own ideas and explanation.

The blue and other colours indicate different ideas. The heads are not looking happy because they are thinking of something. What I was trying to say in this painting is, with only one head the idea will not be the best and might be wrong. But with additional heads joined together, the ideas will improve and will be much better than the one head idea.

 I had this experience when I was in high school. I was good in Mathematics but at times I will solve a problem and will not still come out with the solution .


when I take it to my friends we will call for other friends and together we will come out with a better solution.

So this painting is talking with two or more heads joined together. The idea is better and can lead to a better solution which is going to help others


why not the World?”

Afa Ngwa,

Cameroon, Africa


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    Emily Erickson Cook

    _National Board Certified Art Teacher
    Technology Specialist Endorsed
    Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed

    I teach middle school art in the suburban Chicago area. This project has allowed my eighth grade students to confront global issues and to have an artistic voice that expresses their concerns and passions that one day just might change the world.


    January 2012