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Learn about the design, uses and cultural significance of masks as you try on a wonderful selection of masks from around the world in this hands-on workshop.

Discover the amazing stories told by masks: from the Mexican ‘Dance of the Old Men’ to the Indonesian tale of good and evil with Barong and Rangda. Explore how masks are constructed with their use in mind, from dancing to welding, and why the choice of material is so important. Discover some of the occasions that masks are worn for along with their cultural significance, and transform yourself by trying some of them on!

This workshop can be tailored to your topic; let them know if you are learning about masks from a particular region, or are interested in a particular element of their construction (such as mechanisms or materials). Students can also bring their sketchbooks for the opportunity to sketch their fantastic mask collection – just let them know when you make your booking.

The Horniman’s fantastic World Gallery is the perfect place to explore your topic further; on display are a stunning array of masks from around the world, ranging from Oceania to North America.

Key info

Suitable for: KS3, KS4

Age Groups: 11-14, 14-16

Subjects: Art & Design, Citizenship, Anthropology

Topics: Costume Design, Drawing, Drawing Techniques, Human & Physical Geography, Identity, Storytelling, Team Building, Materials

Type: At Venue

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: From £2.41 per student (£72.50 per session, excluding VAT)

Dates: Ongoing

Max. Group Size: 30

SEND: Yes - suitable for students with SEND

We regularly check that the costs and information are the latest and most up-to-date. However, please contact us directly if you need any further information or have a particular question. Unless specified otherwise, all prices include VAT.

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