Plague Artists at the Gallery

On Wednesday, five artists from years 3 and 4 went to visit the Dulwich Picture Gallery to take part in a curious and wonderful art workshop.

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The children looked at paintings, by renowned artist Van Dyck (1599-1641) who worked in Italy during the time of the plague, for some inspiration. Children carefully crafted plague masks which doctors wore during the plague. They made plague masks , decorated these with different colours and placed different scents into the beak (people used to believe that good smells would keep them healthy and protect them from getting the plague). The children explored a variety of different scents from various items such as lemongrass, orange, ginger, cloves and what their health benefits would be.

Once children had made their masks they went on a tour of the Picture Gallery wearing them!

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