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Exploring Cultural Heritage through Mask Making: A Creative Journey with Modroc!

Year 6 students recently embarked on an inspiring project using Modroc, a plaster bandage material. With Modroc students created unique cultural masks that reflect their diverse backgrounds and personal identities. This hands-on activity not only allowed students to delve into the artistry of mask making but also fostered a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other’s cultural heritage.

The process began with students moulding Modroc on their faces to create a perfect fit for their masks. This experience was both exciting and slightly unusual as plaster was applied directly to their skin. Students described the sensation as "refreshing like a facial" and the need to stay still while the Modroc set encouraged patience and mindfulness. Once the masks dried, the true fun began.

Leading up to this, students had researched their own cultural backgrounds or a culture that they wanted to reflect, seeking inspiration from traditional symbols, designs, and colours. They then painted their masks. Students chose symbols and designs that held specific meaning to them, reflecting their individuality and the richness of their cultural roots.

As we reflect on this experience, we are reminded of the wisdom in Romans 12:4-5:

"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."

Through the mask-making project, students not only honed their artistic skills but also gained valuable insights into the beauty of cultural diversity. We are proud of their hard work and the meaningful connections they have forged through this creative journey.


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