African Mask Making
Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
Explore African culture and personal expression through mask making. Using recycled material and found objects, students will create individual masks. Recycled art will be discussed. Layered bit and pieces of cardboard will form the masks' different features. This workshop is an engaging way for children to learn about West African culture and the history of West African Mask Making.
Iyaba Ibo Mandingo is a painter poet, writer, actor, and playwright, arts collaborator, artist advocate, and arts educator. He came to the United States from his native country of Antigua as a young boy. Iyaba owes his love of the arts to his mother, a trained singer, and his grandparents, a tailor and seamstress who first introduced him to colors and patterns, paving a path to the many forms of expression he employs. Iyaba studied fine arts at Southern Connecticut State University. He teaches in and around the tri-state area as a master teaching artist. Iyaba currently resides in Bridgeport, where his art gallery — 9104 The Art House — serves as a workspace classroom and creative hub.
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