Mask-making: Museum objects as inspiration versus appropriation

Session 5: Grades K-6

This workshop will explore cultural appropriation and current practices around using museum objects as inspiration for art-making, in a format that you can replicate in your classroom. We will model close-looking strategies with masks from around the world, then provide a variety of art-making prompts to choose from (depending on your grade-level). Everyone will create a mask!

Annie Burbidge Ream

Serving as Assistant Curator of Education, Annie Burbidge Ream oversees the administration of school programs and statewide outreach, including planning, statistics, and reporting; curricular development of the pARTners program; curation of the Traveling Museum Project; and manages the Education Collection. In addition, Annie teaches in K–12 classrooms utilizing UMFA objects and resources to create hands-on, question-based experiences for teachers and students across the state of Utah, as well as docent trainings emphasizing the importance of experiential learning. Annie approaches her work with the philosophy that art is for everyone and with goals to assist in the development of visual literacy and cultivate critical thinking, creativity, and curiosity. Annie has a deep love for American Art after 1960, especially Land art, and can often be found exploring sites across the West.

Kelly BaisleyKelly Baisley

Kelly Baisley is the Assistant Curator of Education for K-12 Learning and Engagement at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts