Protection. Fashion. Power. Culture. Identity and more…
These are just some of the words students came up with during our warm up Word splash exercise for the mask making workshops I am bringing to elementary school students in Delaware through the DIAE (Delaware Institute of Arts in Education.) Using the word Helmet, rather than Mask for this exercise opened up possibilities for students to consider form, function and design when they make their own pieces during our 3 sessions together.
Building on a Professional Development Workshop I led over the summer On the African Presence in Mexico as seen through their Masks students saw and discussed a power point showing different types of headgear in our contemporary culture.
Working with recycled boxes to create the structure of their headpieces, the students have been using innovative ways to problem solve as they figure out how to create their sculptural wearable art.
To bring the experience full circle, Janet Broske, Curator of Collections at University of Delaware will be bringing masks from Africa and Mexico from the collection to share with the students.
It’ll be exciting to see the finished student work- and the threads that connect them to time and places other than their own.