First Graders Enjoy a Day in Clay

 Guided by visiting artist Cliff Mendelson of a Day in Clay, first grade students at Henry Barnard School recently dove into an exploration of African mask making and design in celebration of Black History Month. They learned about the styles and techniques of African cultures and the various symbols, patterns, and imagery associated with this tradition.

They then went on to create their own traditional African-inspired masks. 

“It was a lot of fun and truly a wonderful experience for all the children,” said art teacher Lori Zung. “They were extremely proud of their work and were eager to take their creations home to show their families.”  

Mr. Mendelson noted how “responsive and well-mannered the students were. I thought the students made some incredible masks,” he said. “The students really rose to the occasion and made some impressive pieces.”