IS 230 Visits the Met to Research Masks from Around the World

Students from the after school mask making and sculpture program at IS 230 in Jackson Heights recently visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to study masks from the museum’s collection.  They examined masks from Oceania, Africa and the Americas, and even saw some contemporary masks made of recycled materials.  Students made sketches of masks that intrigued them, and will use them as inspiration for their next mask projects.

“We came to see the masks to get some ideas for making another mask.  I noticed details and other things that stood out, and then made some sketches of what I saw.  I want to paint some of the ideas I saw onto a mask I made, like how a painting I saw had different colored shapes and designs.” – Carolina, 6th grade

“We came to see the masks to get some ideas for making another mask.  I noticed details and other things that stood out, and then made some sketches of what I saw.  I want to paint some of the ideas I saw onto a mask I made, like how a painting I saw had different colored shapes and designs.” – Carolina, 6th grade

“We saw masks that had very deep meanings, especially one head ornament I saw.  I liked that it’s very creative and decorative.  I was flabbergasted by how creative it was.” – Tasfia, 6th grade

“I liked seeing the masks and the paintings.  I’m going to take some ideas from the masks and use them on my own stuff.  I want to make a mask with eyes that stick out like the one I saw at the museum.” – Kelsy, 6th grade

“I’ve been making sketches of masks and found some parts I like to use to make my mask.  I liked looking at the pictures and sculptures.  My favorite was a sculpture that was made of bicycle parts.” – Charlie, 7th grade