There were a number of activities for children at Shepherd’s Bush Library during Black History Month, including African Mask Making and looking at and making Caribbean Carnival Headdresses.
The Carnival headdresses workshop was led by Simone Bynoe. Simone, a mother of six, has previous experience of running very successful workshops and art sessions for children at the Chelsea Centre World’s End and St Clement and St James School.
During this workshop, Simone kept it simple: whilst Soca music played in the background the headdresses were constructed from coloured card, cut and made to measure. The children then decorated their headdresses with jewels and glitter, and a 3D representation of a crown became the centre piece for each headdress.
The fun really began once the headdresses were finished – it turned out the Soca wasn’t just playing for background music… oh no, Simone had other plans! She began to dance around the space, the children soon cottoned on and, donning their masterpieces, they began to join in and dance to the music, they had a lot of fun showing us their best moves.
See pictures of the fun we have been having…