Portland pupils model a museum

Mitchell’s Plain artist Mark Jenneker with Portland Primary School pupils at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, in the V&A Waterfront Silo District.

Portland Primary School Grade 5 pupils were treated to a visit to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) at the Waterfront on Wednesday April 13.

This was a follow-up to a first-term workshop where teachers from the MOCAA did a full-day workshop with them about the nature of museum and the work and research that goes into creating the exhibitions.

This culminated in a making session where the pupils designed and built models for a museum of the history of Mitchell’s Plain.

Mark Jenneker, award-winning artist and teacher who leads the art classes at the school, organised transport to the Waterfront where they went on a hint-hunt and discovered some of the secrets of the MOCAA building and its past before visiting the galleries and surrounding attractions.

Principal Eleanor Braaf welcomed the relationship with the museum, where last year her pupils were represented in a major exhibition called Home Is Where The Art Is.

The museum is free to the public on Wednesday mornings and schools can contact education@zeitzmocaa.museum to arrange visits.

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