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Carnival/Carnevale masks from Venice - fun cultural craft from Italy!
Whether you call it Carnevale, Carnival, or Mardi Gras, the celebration on the eve of the Lenten period is a time of great merrymaking around the world with parades, costumes, parties, and favorite foods. This unit focuses on the Carnevale di Venezia (the Carnival of Venice), which is thought to be one of the best carnivals in the world! With the backdrop of beautiful canals and buildings in Venice, the festivities are given a certain elegance due to the elaborate costumes, particularly the ornamental Carnevale masks which have become synonymous with the city of Venice.
After a brief overview of the Carnevale celebration and an introduction to Venice, students will create their own Venetian Carnevale masks using templates included in this unit. Templates are available for two learning levels – PreK through 2nd grade and 3rd through 5th grades.
Carnevale Masks from Venice (24 pages) includes the following:
1. Carnevale di Venezia – lesson with images to present as you teach
2. Carnival Masks of Venice – illustrated, step-by-step craft instructions
3. Mask Templates – 6 different styles, 2 per page, 1 per student
Materials needed to make one mask include Venetian Mask Templates printed onto white cardstock (2 per page, 1 per student), 8” craft stick, bling to include feathers/sequins/gemstones, glue, scissors, hole punch, tape, markers, colored pencils, and crayons.
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