Find out about the history, customs and traditions of Samhain and make your own traditional mask with artist Carmel Balfe.
Activity at a Glance
Level: 4th to 6th Class
Group Size: Classroom
Location: Onsite NMI-Country Life
Duration: 60 min
10 min Talk
40 min Workshop
10 min Q & A
Availability: Wednesday 25th October & Thursday 26th October 2023
Times: 10am to 11am or 11.30am to 12.30pm
Booking: Booking required
Bookings and Information
To book this event, contact the booking and information office
Curriculum Links:Social Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE)
- Local Studies - Feasts and Festivals in the Past; Story - Stories of Lives of People in the Past - Beliefs.
- Culture in the Past - Cultural Activities.
- Early people and ancient societies – Values.
- Ordinary People – Communities - Appreciation of Culture.
- Concepts and Skills - Awareness of Shape, Form, Texture, Pattern and Rhythm; Strands -
- Construction/ Making constructions/ Looking and Responding
- Creative Thinking – Respond to Periods and Cultures – Regional Craft Tradition – National Heritage.
- Human Environments – Social and Cultural Activities – Social Environment.
- Discuss festivals in general; identify the reasons why Hallowe’en masks were made, know the time of year they were produced, recognize the material used to make them
- Learn how to make a mask from recycled material and receive appropriate guidance leading to a completed project; discuss their own work and the work of their classmates
- Discuss what the students will do with their completed mask; review the content of the workshop
- Discuss their own work and the work of their classmates
- Insight into a traditional craft and past culture
- Understanding the effect of the past on present culture
Check out information on Calendar Customs and Traditions here