This is a great project for this time of year with HALLOWEEN coming. Kids love to make masks and especially enjoy doing this at Halloween. The masks also make a great exhibit for this season. I love this project and have done it for many years with 4th and 5th graders, for in-service teachers workshops and with graduate art education classes. It would be perfect for middle school as well. Students enjoy making them and learn a lot about the structure of the face and skull and the expressive possibilities they afford. Students are proud of their creations and the masks make dramatic exhibits. The examples used for inspiration come from Northwest Coast Native American culture. These masks feature the use of bold lines, shapes, forms and colors. There is a link to a video of Northwest Coast Native American animal masks and several photographs of these masks in the body of the lesson itself. Although this is an easy step-by-step project in making paper sculpture masks, there is plenty of leeway for creativity and individual interpretation.
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