Mask making is found in many different cultures, including Venice, Italy. Venetian masks are known worldwide, and the history of Carnival goes back hundreds of years. This download includes an art history presentation that’s appropriate for elementary students as well as an art project.
The downloadable zip file includes two PowerPoint presentations and two PDF files. The Power Point “Venetian Masks Art History Presentation” contains 22 slides that provide a quick background about Venice. The slideshow includes original photographs, information about the canals, and of course information about masks. “Venetian Masks How to Make a Mask” is a Power Point that is 8 slides long and includes photographs that demonstrate step-by-step how to make a mask out of tulle and puffy fabric paint. A two page PDF lesson plan is included. Additionally, there are two different mask templates in the download.
This hands-on art activity is great to include any time of the year in an art classroom, but it would be fun to do near Halloween or Mardi Gras. This could also be taught by a regular classroom teacher as part of a unit on Italy.
This project would be a fun companion project to Draw a Famous Artwork Mona Lisa
as part of an Italian Renaissance unit. This lesson plan teaches students how to draw the Mona Lisa using the grid method.
If you’re looking for a project about Venice for older students, check out Venetian Masks Plaster Mask Art Project
This work by Klaire Pearson
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