SATURDAY, 8th & 15th February 2020
3pm — 5pm
10 years – 14 years
Concept and orientation: Raquel Cardoso
2 days workshop
€50 general public, €40 Hangar friends or members
Subject to registration, children/families
21 887 1481 l 938 439 060
Plaster of Paris Masks “Identity”
Students will discuss the definition of identity. What makes up a person’s’ identity? What part of a person’s identity can you see? What part of a person’s identity are you not able to see? Is your identity always the same? In what ways do we express and share our identities with others? How do you think artists express their identities through their art making? Why do people sometimes hide their true selves? What would happen if we never concealed our feelings or parts of our identities? “Identity is the way we perceive and express ourselves. Factors and conditions that an individual is born with— such as ethnic heritage, sex, or one’s body—often play a role in defining one’s identity. However, many aspects of a person’s identity change throughout his or her life. People’s experiences can alter how they see themselves or are perceived by others. Conversely, their identities also influence the decisions they make: Individuals choose their friends, adopt certain fashions, and align themselves with political beliefs based on their identities. Many artists use their work to express, explore, and question ideas about identity.”-Museum of Modern Art Mask-a covering for all or part of the face used to conceal one’s identity, protect, transform, etc… This mask lesson will encourage students to think about the parts of their identity that no one can see or are hidden from sight. They will choose a part of their identity they would like to share, highlight or celebrate through mask-making.
Concept and orientation
Raquel Cardoso is an artist and art educator who believes that we are most connected to our authentic selves and the world around us when we are creating. She has spent the last 18 years sharing this vision with her students in the Boston Public Schools, focusing on themes of social justice, identity and honoring each child’s personal experience and voice. She believes that her role is to provide the creative space, tools and techniques for students to manifest their ideas and vision. She immigrated to the U.S from Portugal when she was a child and has always felt connected to others who straddle two countries and cultures like herself. She has recently returned to Lisbon to focus more deeply on her art practice. Raquel holds a MSAE from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Sontag Prize for Urban Education. She has spent the last five years leading workshops and professional development on Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices, introducing teachers to best practices in supporting a diverse group of students to communicate freely on topics of identity, social justice, and other contemporary issues. She has partnered with many institutions in the Boston area, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the institute of Contemporary Art and is excited to be teaching at Hangar here in Lisbon where she has found much inspiration.