Pupils from Erith Secondary school have been taking part in a project with the Horniman to design and make a mask.
African masks that provided inspiration for the students
Mrs R King, Head of Art at Erith School said:
"Each year the whole of Year 8 take part in an extended cross-curricular project which seeks to enhance and develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of African art and artefacts, in particular the masks collection."
The students' display
This is an exciting trip for the students who spend the whole day at the museum not only viewing the extensive collection, but the students get the chance to handle them as well. Students make sketches in the galleries and handling session and then return to the classroom to develop ideas for designing and making their own masks.
The museum gives the students a unique learning experience which is both thought provoking and informative.
Some fantastic new masks
Back at school one of their tasks is to design and create a mask using inspiration form their visit to the Horniman. Some of these are now on display in the museum’s education centre and also online as part of our schools flickr page.
The school are already planning a repeat visit for next term.