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National Museum of African Art

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August 2019

Workshop Wednesdays 2019 – Metal Maskettes

August 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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August 7 @ 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served African maskettes—smaller yet similar to larger masks made in a specific region—often decorated household and utilitarian items such as vessels, doors, walls, house posts, shields, knives, drums, headrests, chairs, staffs, and jewelry. Participants select their favorite mask and create a maskette using thin metal, and repoussé and embossing techniques. This workshop is presented as part of the museum’s series of Workshop Wednesdays.…

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Workshop Wednesdays 2019 – Lotions ’n Soaps with African Butters

August 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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August 21 @ 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served Create a unique, specially scented lotion or soap using pure African shea and cocoa butters along with other plants native to Africa as you learn about their beneficial nutrients. This workshop is presented as part of the museum’s series of Workshop Wednesdays. Every first and third Wednesday of the month, stop by the museum for drop-in classes from trained teachers. Stay for…

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September 2019

Workshop Wednesdays 2019 – Pendants that Please

September 4 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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September 4 @ 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served Throughout Africa, pendants of varying intricacy, material, symbolism, and meaning reflect individual cultures and regions. Pendants and charms are not only a way of “dressing up” and feeling elegant, but also indicate one’s status, bring good fortune, and protect their owners. Examine the complex designs of the various jewelry and metal objects on exhibit before creating a piece of your own. This…

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Workshop Wednesdays 2019 – Card Design with Adinkra Symbols

September 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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September 18 @ 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served Adinkra symbols, visual representations of concepts and proverbs developed by the Akan peoples of Ghana, were originally used on funerary cloths by royalty and wealthy individuals to pay tribute to the legacy of the deceased. Today, they are used extensively as decorative elements in textiles and design. Join graphic artist and designer Sharmila Karamchandani to learn about adinkra symbols before incorporating them…

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