_ Right O! Sure! It’s “real” Leather? (Grade 4)
· Identify balance in masks ( symmetry, vertical axis, asymmetrical)
· Design and create an original mask
· Learn about masks from cultures around the world
· To relate wearing a mask to own life experiences
· Clean gallon size milk jug for each student
· Large scissors
· Lots of rolls of masking tape
· Shoe polish( or acrylic paint)
· Rags to apply polish and wipe off
· Feathers, beads, raffia
· Natural objects like small sea shells, beans or other seeds
· Hole punchers
· Elastic cord or yarn
· Symmetrical and asymmetrical masks and mask art prints
(Before this project begins, students will need to bring in gallon size milk jugs.)This is a 3-4 week project. Discuss times students have worn masks. Show some modern day masks. Show an art print using the projector of a symmetrical ancient African mask. Find the line of symmetry or vertical axis and draw a line down the mask with your finger. Talk about how the artist showed the same lines and shapes on both sides. Talk about things mask makers put onto ancient masks like feathers, beds, sea shells, etc. Then examine another type of symmetrical mask with a different look. Compare and contrast these masks. Show an asymmetrical mask. Compare and contrast this masks with the symmetrical ones. Show and example of the mask project the students will be doing. Teacher punches a hole into each milk jug and student cut off top, handle, and bottom. Then eye holes can be cut but teacher must start the hole. Eyes can be any shape at all. Students must decide if mask will be symmetrical or asymmetrical. Tear tape into approximately 2-3 inch pieces…do not cut tape. Overlap tape pieces until mask is covered. Wrap tape around edges of mask and eye holes also. This part will take a while. Use a small sponge or rag to rub shoe polish over the tape. Let it set for a few minutes and then wipe clean with a soft rag. It will look like leather. At next class, students will add details with feathers, beads, etc. Display masks on walls. Students can write poems, descriptions, how to paragraphs, or stories about the masks also.
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