Italy is home to many great works of art, and Venice is famous for its masks. The history of Venetian masks goes back hundreds of years. This activity is perfect for a sculpture class, a 3-D design class, or a general high school art class. It would be fun to do this art project at the beginning of the school year to coincide with Halloween or later in the year to relate to Mardi Gras.
This downloadable zip file includes three files. The “Venetian Masks” Power Point lecture is 22 slides long and covers Italian history very briefly. The focus is on Venice with photographs of the city, canals, and Venetian masks. There is also a half-page note guide for students to complete during the lecture. The 2 page lesson plan is a PDF file, and it describes how to teach this 2-3 week project. (The time is variable depending on how elaborate the masks will be and how much the students work outside of class.) A PDF of the rubric is also included, and it is designed to evaluate students based on balance, shape & form, color, craftsmanship, and professionalism.
The lesson plan describes how to instruct students how to create masks out of plaster bandaging, papier-mâché, and acrylic paint.
The Venetian Masks Plaster Masks project would work well with a unit on Renaissance art, such as Leonardo da Vinci Complete Drawing Art Project
If you’re looking for a project about Venice for younger students, check out Venetian Masks Presentation and Art Project
This work by Klaire Pearson
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