On Thursday 11th May Kinder (Year 9) spent the afternoon taking part in a willow workshop with local willow artist Emma Parkins.
They learnt how to work with the willow withies to form a circle. After the basic structure of a circle had been achieved, pupils started to build up more complicated structures. The structures will form the foundation of masks that they are making for College Arts Evening on 29th June. The pupils have chosen an African animal to inspire their mask design, they are simplifying and stylizing the shape, then adding pattern in a restricted palette of white, black and red. The pupils have considered the characteristics of the animal and have looked at traditional bark-cloth mask designs to influence their ideas.
The trip to The Pitt Rivers Museum in March was a great starting point for this project. Emma Parkins who ran the workshop was impressed with the way the pupils handled the willow withies and the way they worked on their individual ideas in a creative manner.