parents and children had started to wonder how Fox could create a
Carnival Band all its own, artist Fiona Hawthorne was working with
the school's children on a project called ‘Masks for the Millennium.’
This was a digital art objective undertaken in advance of the impending
millennium. It was held at The Making Place, a science resource centre
in North Kensington.
Facilitated by Fiona, children learned how to paint a face or mask
on their computer screens. A natural media software package called
HERE to learn more) enabled these works, each of
which was created with a Wacom drawing
tablet and a digital pen (CLICK
HERE to learn more).
Because the Corel programme has ‘life-like’ tools such
as paint, crayons, ink, bleach, gouache, watercolour and the like,
every child was able to draw freely and expressively – and
the resulting full-colour masks proved stunning.
These masks were printed out to decorate a wall at Fox School. But
they were also saved on disk and seemed to cry out for a bigger
and better display.
Thus when Carnival came along that summer, Fox students and their parents
suddenly understood - we already had the key to our kind of masquerade.