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Workshop Wednesdays
The Eyes Have It

August 1, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

August 1
1:30–3:30 p.m.

Learn about the art of the ancient kingdom of Benin, and how its artists used a stylized African eye motif throughout their sculpture. Then, break the down the shapes of this traditional design element to create your own contemporary abstract work of art!

This workshop is presented as part of the museum’s series of Workshop Wednesdays. Every first Wednesday of the month, stop by the museum for drop-in classes from trained teachers. Stay for as little or as long as you like to complete your masterpiece. All skill levels and ages welcome; participants under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required, but please remember that these events are first-come, first-served. Visit here for a full list of upcoming workshops.

Dogon artist
Dogon artist
Face mask
Mid-20th century
Wood, pigment, paint
40.6 x 15.6 x 10.5 cm (16 x 6 1/8 x 4 1/8 in.)
Gift of Emil Arnold, 68-36-222
Punu artist
Punu artist
Gabon or Republic of the Congo
Face mask (mukudj, okuyi)
Late 19th to early 20th century
Wood, pigment, buttons
29.5 x 21 x 17.8 cm (11 5/8 x 8 1/4 x 7 in.)
Museum purchase, 90-6-1
Lulua artist
Lulua artist
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Face mask
Late 19th to early 20th century
34.3 x 15.9 x 14 cm (13 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 5 1/2 in.)
Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, 2005-6-297
Chokwe artist
Chokwe artist
Democratic Republic of the Congo or Angola
Face mask (pwo)
Early 20th century
Wood, plant fiber, pigment, copper alloy
39.1 x 21.3 x 23.5 cm (15 3/8 x 8 3/8 x 9 1/4 in.)
Museum purchase, 85-15-20

Free and open to the public.


August 1, 2018
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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