This artist-led workshop looks at how to create carnival costumes, with a mixed age group, and then put on a performance. The workshop is led by carnival artist Gemma Cumming who worked with a small rural school to produce Angel wings and headdresses.
A lesson plan for teachers to help develop art and design skills and start a drama project. Students will make costumes and perform a simple play.
KS 2&3 Art and Design, English
The nine films show the key stages of a carnival workshop which was delivered over two days by artist Gemma Cumming with a mixed age group of pupils from a small rural school. The costumes were made on the first day and the performance was developed, rehearsed and performed on the second day. The workshop begins with Gemma discussing what the word carnival means. The group then go on to create masks and angel wings which they use as costumes for a performance in front of parents and teachers. Gemma took the theme of Angels. The materials used include fabric scraps, feather, glitter, plastic jewels, foam. You will also need a stapler and glue. Gemma uses latex glue to stick the decoration onto the wings but other glues may also work...we suggest you test before the workshop. If you have a glue gun this could also be useful.