National Curriculum Subject Areas: Art
Length of session: 60 minutes
Maximum group size: 32
• Understand that masks can be worn for different reasons: protection, performance, celebration and ceremony
• Appreciate how the character of a mask can be shaped by colour, material, shape and pattern
• Support the development of pupil observation and drawing skill
In this interactive session pupils consider why people wear masks and how they are used in celebrations, performances or ceremonies.
Activity 1 Why wear masks? Pupils explore why people wear masks in Britain and round the world, being shown a range of examples.
Activity 2 Handling masks Pupils handle a range of masks considering how character can be shaped by colour, material, shape and pattern.
Session 3 Museum search Pupils look for different types of mask round the Museum. They select a mask to draw which they feel shows a particular mood.
“I was very impressed with the workshop, all children were extremely enthusiastic and fully involved in the sessions.” (KS2 teacher)