Mask Making


Mask Making

Mask Making Workshops

 

Mask Making is an exciting workshop that engages participants of all ages. We begin the workshops with social/cultural discussions and developing trusting relationships between partners. Applying the plaster and creating the masks are just one step, we finish these workshops with custom designs using paint, glitter, yarn, marker, crayon, and any other media available. The final result is a social/cultural artistic statement that is relative and poignant to the artist and representative of the community, as well as a beautiful, wearable mask.

This workshop utilizes cultural symbolism, analytical thinking skills, composition, elements of color theory, design and texture. Using pre-made plaster gauze strips, or custom-making plaster strips, participants learn about facial shape and anatomy, partner trust, and elements of artistic creation. The designing and painting of the masks allow participants to see themselves differently, recreate themselves through their mask or to display social/cultural pride through their design work. Each workshop may be customized to focus upon any social elements that are important to the community. Some examples are: Cultural History and Symbolism, Parts of Myself (Negative and Positive or Past and Future), 2D Drawings on 3D Objects, and Personal Symbolism.

Mask Making workshops meet, but are not limited to, United States Visual Art standards – Grades K-4 (1-6), Grades 5-8 (1-5), Grades 9-12 (1-5).

Mask Making workshops are designed to take place in multiple sessions. The techniques are alterable and suitable for ages 8+ with additional adult assistance during the mask making process. The following session breakdown is an example of the workshop structure. It may be added to or subtracted from or may also run consecutively with other projects.

 

Class One: Introduction to Mask Making and Facial Structure

 

Introductions (15 min)

  • Name Game
  • Discussion of Mask Making Project and Process
  • Class Expectations / Respect
  • What is Art? What does it mean to be an artist?

Facial Shapes and Structure (10 min)

  • Identification facial shapes
  • Discussion of how to create a facial structure using shapes

Partner Drawing Activity (20 min)

(Supplies: pencils, erasers, paper)

Students will partner up and take turns drawing each other.

  • Blind Contour Drawing (not looking at paper) – 2 min. each
  • Realistic Attempt Drawing (one at a time) – 7 min. each

Closing: Review, Stretches etc. (5 min)

 

Class Two: Introduction to Mask Design

 

Welcome, Stretches, Free-Drawing Activity (10 min)

Discussion of Symbology and Design

  • Color Palette
  • Texture
  • Meaning
  • Design

Activity: Mask Design Drawing (30 min)

(Supplies: pencils, erasers, paper, masks drawn on paper)

  • Students are introduced to mask making supply options
  • Students are given a piece of paper with a mask shape to pre-design their masks
  • Students utilize symbols, colors and meaning from lesson on their masks

Closing: Review, Stretches etc. (5 min)

 

Class Three: Mask Making  Pt. I

 

Welcome, Stretches, Free-Drawing Activity (10 min)

Intro to Mask Making (10 min)

  • Overview of technique, procedure, safety and trust

Activity: Mask Making (20 min)

(Supplies: gauze mask strips, trash bags, vasoline, water cups)

  • Students are partnered up
  • One student will lay strips on the other to create their mask
  • Once mask hardens, students will help each other clean up

Closing: Review, Stretches etc. (5 min)

 

Class Four: Mask Making Pt. II

Welcome, Stretches, Free-Drawing Activity (10 min)

Review of Mask Making Procedures (5 min)

  • Overview of technique, procedure, safety and trust

Activity: Mask Making (20 min)

(Supplies: gauze mask strips, trash bags, vasoline, water cups)

  • Students are partnered up
  • One student will lay strips on the other to create their mask
  • Once mask hardens, students will help each other clean up

Closing: Review, Stretches etc. (5 min)

 

Class Five: Mask Decoration Pt. I

 

Welcome, Stretches, Free-Drawing Activity (10 min)

Review of Symbology and Paper Mask Designs (5 min)

Activity: Mask Decoration (20 min)

(Supplies: masks, paint, decoration supplies)

  • Students are given their mask and mask drawing from previous sessions
  • Students are decorate their masks (1 of 2 sessions)

Closing: Review, Stretches etc. (5 min)

 

Class Six: Mask Decoration Pt. II

 

Welcome, Stretches, Free-Drawing Activity (10 min)

Review of Cultural Symbology and Mask Designs (5 min)

Activity: Mask Decoration (20 min)

(Supplies: masks, paint, decoration supplies)

  • Students are given their mask and mask drawing from previous sessions
  • Students are decorate their masks (2 of 2 sessions)

Closing: Review, Stretches etc. (5 min)