Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.

Lesson Plans


Plaster mask project

[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]
Nancy Sojka (nsojka@n-winn.means.net)
08 Apr 98 14:36:03 -0500


--====54545755525557564854===1
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-Ascii"

I have done plaster masks for many years and kids look forward to seventh =
grade art when they get to do the project. =
We look at many photos of masks from around the world and history. I ask =
them to draw thumbnails of the kinds of masks that they could make, using =
their own face as just the beginning. Masks may cover all or part of their =
faces. Additions like hair, hats, horns, etc. can be added to the basic =
plaster cast later. We sometimes use plaster, sometimes Model Magic to =
make those additions.

To avoid problems during the plastering, I recommend modeling the behavior =
you expect of students. On the day before they start, I choose groups of =
four people to work together. I don't usually let them choose. I give each =
group four pieces of plaster casting gauze that is twice as large as a =
person's face (the 8" wide rolls are nice but you can judge about the same =
amount with the smaller rolls). Working on newspaper to control the dust =
and a plastic container to keep them in, the gauze is cut into large band-=
aid sized pieces. While they are cutting, I set up the plaster "surgical =
area": newspaper on the table, a bucket of body temperature water (not hot =
or cold), a towel, a scissors, & a container of "band-aids". I choose one =
person to be my patient. They pull hair back with a stretchy band (an old =
tee-shirt sleeve cuts into great headbands) Vaseline their face, =
especially eyebrows.
When I demonstrate, I talk about how when you are a patient in surgery =
you have to know that the "doctor" is trust-worthy. Before I start =
plastering the face, I ask the patient to show me their design and tell me =
if they want the mouth and eyes open or covered. If the eyes are open, =
what shape will the hole be? We discuss how much of the face will need to =
be covered. I ask another student to be my assistant. The assistant dips =
the band-aids into the water and lays them on the newspaper.I emphasize =
that a surgeon is gentle and takes care of their patient. The patient can =
always have a pencil and paper for writing requests or making suggestions. =
I place the band-aids on the face slightly overlapping every piece. I =
gently "smudge" the wet plaster to blend the pieces together. I have =
found that folding the edge pieces the edge of the mask stronger. You can =
tell when the mask is ready to come off because it feels solid to the =
touch. If you wait until every part of the mask is solid before removing =
you can make it with fewer layers. When the mask has been removed, if it =
is still a little soft, support it in the right shape. I trim the edges =
with scissors while it is still soft.
I would be happy to answer any other questions you have about the =
project.

Nancy Sojka
Art K-12
North Winneshiek School
Decorah, IA
--====54545755525557564854===1
Content-Type: text/html; charset="US-Ascii"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

= I have = done plaster masks for many years and kids = look forward to seventh grade art when they = get to do the project.
We look at many = photos of masks from around the world and = history. I ask them to draw thumbnails of = the kinds of masks that they could make, = using their own face as just the beginning. = Masks may cover all or part of their faces. = Additions like hair, hats, horns, etc. can = be added to the basic plaster cast later. = We sometimes use plaster, sometimes Model = Magic to make those additions.

To avoid = problems during the plastering, I recommend = modeling the behavior you expect of students. = On the day before they start, I choose groups = of four people to work together. I don't = usually let them choose. I give each group = four pieces of plaster casting gauze that = is twice as large as a person's face (the = 8" wide rolls are nice but you can = judge about the same amount with the smaller = rolls). Working on newspaper to control = the dust and a plastic container to keep = them in, the gauze is cut into large band-aid = sized pieces. While they are cutting, I = set up the plaster "surgical area": = newspaper on the table, a bucket of body = temperature water (not hot or cold), a towel, = a scissors, & a container of "band-aids". = I choose one person to be my patient. They = pull hair back with a stretchy band (an = old tee-shirt sleeve cuts into great headbands) = Vaseline their face, especially eyebrows.
= When I demonstrate, I talk about how when = you are a patient in surgery you have to = know that the "doctor" is trust-worthy. = Before I start plastering the face, I ask = the patient to show me their design and = tell me if they want the mouth and eyes open = or covered. If the eyes are open, what shape = will the hole be? We discuss how much of = the face will need to be covered. I ask = another student to be my assistant. The assistant = dips the band-aids into the water and lays = them on the newspaper.I emphasize that a = surgeon is gentle and takes care of their = patient. The patient can always have a pencil = and paper for writing requests or making = suggestions.
I place the band-aids = on the face slightly overlapping every piece. = I gently "smudge" the wet plaster = to blend the pieces together. I have found = that folding the edge pieces the edge of = the mask stronger. You can tell when the = mask is ready to come off because it feels = solid to the touch. If you wait until every = part of the mask is solid before removing = you can make it with fewer layers. When = the mask has been removed, if it is still = a little soft, support it in the right shape. = I trim the edges with scissors while it = is still soft.
I would be happy to answer = any other questions you have about the project.

Nancy Sojka
Art K-12
North = Winneshiek School
Decorah, IA
--====54545755525557564854===1 Content-Type: application/quickmail Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64 AAAAEBRQbGFzdGVyIG1hc2sgcHJvamVjdAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAC1NvamthfE5hbmN5AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACnxhcnRzZWRuZXQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD/AAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAsVE7hwAAAAAAAAAEAAAAAAauAAAAAAELAeoADgBwAM8AiAHkAAUAAAAD AAwA/wAAAAAAXgAAAH4AIAADAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABgAAAA4ADAAcAAwAGAAGAAAAAwP 8AAGODgABOAMAAGABgADAAYABgACAAwDggAIAeIAGAHzABADfwcQA98HMAH/ADAD/wAwAf8AMAH/ ABAA/wAYAP8ADAP/AAcePwAD+A8AAAADAAAAAQAOAGAAfgAAAJ4AIAADABwAcAA4ADAAMAAYAAAA GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA XgAgAH4AQAADAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAEAAAGBgAABgYAAA4OAHgLFgB4CxYcgAmWJIAJpiaACaZ4AAjmYIAIxmCACEZgAAgGPIAAAACA AAAAAAAAAIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAcAfgAgAJ4AQAADAAAAHAAAADAAAABwAAAAYAAAAOAAAADg AAAA4AAAAOAAAADgAAAA4AAAAPAAAAB4AAAAfwAAAD8AAAAfAAAAAQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAXgBAAH4AYAAD AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAGAAcOCA4IEBISGDAmIw4cRiMHDk4nAwZfJwMGOj8ePDADAAAAAwAAAAIAAAACAAA ABAAAADgAAAAAMAAAAAAfgBAAJ4AYAADYAAAABAAGAAQADgACAAAAAgAAAAIAAAOCAcYGAkHODAJ BzhwGQ84cNkPOPDxHzjw8T84ePH/OHzZ9zg/AOIYHwAAAAUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAXgBgAH4AgAADAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIAAAAMAAAAEAAAABAAAAA QAA4AMMxSAD3w0wBx4PwAscGwADHBMAAxwbAAMcCeADGARAAQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAEAAfgBgAJ4AgAADCAMC4BgHg+AYB4PgOAeB4DhFwuA4hcLgOQXG4H4E5OB+BOTgfAT84X4E eOF+BHjhewQ44XmEOOF4hBDhOEQA4IAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAXgCAAH4AoAADAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADCQgAA5uYA ACepAAAXGQAAFjEAABYxAAAmIQAAxCEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAEAAAfgCA AJ4AoAADAAAQAAAYMAAAODAAAABwAAAAcAAPAHAAOBhwAGI4cADnOHAAzzhwAN84cACeOHAAv7hw AP84cAD7uHAA85gwAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAXgCgAH4AwAADAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAO+AAAAAfgCgAJ4AwAAD/8AA APjAAABwYAAAcGAAAHBAAABwQAAccIP8PnED8Hx+A+DyeAPA4XADwMFwB4DBcAeAwXADgMFwB4DG MAeAfAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAngAIAQYB5AAFAAAAAwAJAP8AAQAAAAAAcgp8YXJ0c2VkbmV0AAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA/wEBBgAAAAAAAAAAAAAXYXJ0c2VkbmV0QHB1Yi5nZXR0eS5lZHUAAAAAAAAA AACAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABRQbGFzdGVyIG1hc2sgcHJv amVjdAqvSSBoYXZlIGRvbmUgcGxhc3RlciBtYXNrcyBmb3IgbWFueSB5ZWFycyBhbmQga2lkcyBs b29rIGZvcndhcmQgdG8gc2V2ZW50aCBncmFkZSBhcnQgd2hlbiB0aGV5IGdldCB0byBkbyB0aGUg cHJvamVjdC4gDVdlIGxvb2sgYXQgbWFueSBwaG90b3Mgb2YgbWFza3MgZnJvbSBhcm91bmQgdGhl IHdvcmxkIGFuZCBoaXN0b3J5LiBJIGFzayB0aGVtIHRvIGRyYXcgdGh1bWJuYWlscyBvZiB0aGUg a2luZHMgb2YgbWFza3MgdGhhdCB0aGV5IGNvdWxkIG1ha2UsIHVzaW5nIHRoZWlyIG93biBmYWNl IGFzIGp1c3QgdGhlIGJlZ2lubmluZy4gTWFza3MgbWF5IGNvdmVyIGFsbCBvciBwYXJ0IG9mIHRo ZWlyIGZhY2VzLiBBZGRpdGlvbnMgbGlrZSBoYWlyLCBoYXRzLCBob3JucywgZXRjLiBjYW4gYmUg YWRkZWQgdG8gdGhlIGJhc2ljIHBsYXN0ZXIgY2FzdCBsYXRlci4gV2Ugc29tZXRpbWVzIHVzZSBw bGFzdGVyLCBzb21ldGltZXMgTW9kZWwgTWFnaWMgdG8gbWFrZSB0aG9zZSBhZGRpdGlvbnMuDQ1U byBhdm9pZCBwcm9ibGVtcyBkdXJpbmcgdGhlIHBsYXN0ZXJpbmcsIEkgcmVjb21tZW5kIG1vZGVs aW5nIHRoZSBiZWhhdmlvciB5b3UgZXhwZWN0IG9mIHN0dWRlbnRzLiBPbiB0aGUgZGF5IGJlZm9y ZSB0aGV5IHN0YXJ0LCBJIGNob29zZSBncm91cHMgb2YgZm91ciBwZW9wbGUgdG8gd29yayB0b2dl dGhlci4gSSBkb24ndCB1c3VhbGx5IGxldCB0aGVtIGNob29zZS4gSSBnaXZlIGVhY2ggZ3JvdXAg Zm91ciBwaWVjZXMgb2YgcGxhc3RlciBjYXN0aW5nIGdhdXplIHRoYXQgaXMgdHdpY2UgYXMgbGFy Z2UgYXMgYSBwZXJzb24ncyBmYWNlICh0aGUgOCIgd2lkZSByb2xscyBhcmUgbmljZSBidXQgeW91 IGNhbiBqdWRnZSBhYm91dCB0aGUgc2FtZSBhbW91bnQgd2l0aCB0aGUgc21hbGxlciByb2xscyku IFdvcmtpbmcgb24gbmV3c3BhcGVyIHRvIGNvbnRyb2wgdGhlIGR1c3QgYW5kIGEgcGxhc3RpYyBj b250YWluZXIgdG8ga2VlcCB0aGVtIGluLCB0aGUgZ2F1emUgaXMgY3V0IGludG8gbGFyZ2UgYmFu ZC1haWQgc2l6ZWQgcGllY2VzLiBXaGlsZSB0aGV5IGFyZSBjdXR0aW5nLCBJIHNldCB1cCB0aGUg cGxhc3RlciAic3VyZ2ljYWwgYXJlYSI6IG5ld3NwYXBlciBvbiB0aGUgdGFibGUsIGEgYnVja2V0 IG9mIGJvZHkgdGVtcGVyYXR1cmUgd2F0ZXIgKG5vdCBob3Qgb3IgY29sZCksIGEgdG93ZWwsIGEg c2Npc3NvcnMsICYgYSBjb250YWluZXIgb2YgImJhbmQtYWlkcyIuIEkgY2hvb3NlIG9uZSBwZXJz b24gdG8gYmUgbXkgcGF0aWVudC4gVGhleSBwdWxsIGhhaXIgYmFjayB3aXRoIGEgc3RyZXRjaHkg YmFuZCAoYW4gb2xkIHRlZS1zaGlydCBzbGVldmUgY3V0cyBpbnRvIGdyZWF0IGhlYWRiYW5kcykg VmFzZWxpbmUgdGhlaXIgZmFjZSwgZXNwZWNpYWxseSBleWVicm93cy4NIFdoZW4gSSBkZW1vbnN0 cmF0ZSwgSSB0YWxrIGFib3V0IGhvdyB3aGVuIHlvdSBhcmUgYSBwYXRpZW50IGluIHN1cmdlcnkg eW91IGhhdmUgdG8ga25vdyB0aGF0IHRoZSAiZG9jdG9yIiBpcyB0cnVzdC13b3J0aHkuIEJlZm9y ZSBJIHN0YXJ0IHBsYXN0ZXJpbmcgdGhlIGZhY2UsIEkgYXNrIHRoZSBwYXRpZW50IHRvIHNob3cg bWUgdGhlaXIgZGVzaWduIGFuZCB0ZWxsIG1lIGlmIHRoZXkgd2FudCB0aGUgbW91dGggYW5kIGV5 ZXMgb3BlbiBvciBjb3ZlcmVkLiBJZiB0aGUgZXllcyBhcmUgb3Blbiwgd2hhdCBzaGFwZSB3aWxs IHRoZSBob2xlIGJlPyBXZSBkaXNjdXNzIGhvdyBtdWNoIG9mIHRoZSBmYWNlIHdpbGwgbmVlZCB0 byBiZSBjb3ZlcmVkLiBJIGFzayBhbm90aGVyIHN0dWRlbnQgdG8gYmUgbXkgYXNzaXN0YW50LiBU aGUgYXNzaXN0YW50IGRpcHMgdGhlIGJhbmQtYWlkcyBpbnRvIHRoZSB3YXRlciBhbmQgbGF5cyB0 aGVtIG9uIHRoZSBuZXdzcGFwZXIuSSBlbXBoYXNpemUgdGhhdCBhIHN1cmdlb24gaXMgZ2VudGxl IGFuZCB0YWtlcyBjYXJlIG9mIHRoZWlyIHBhdGllbnQuIFRoZSBwYXRpZW50IGNhbiBhbHdheXMg aGF2ZSBhIHBlbmNpbCBhbmQgcGFwZXIgZm9yIHdyaXRpbmcgcmVxdWVzdHMgb3IgbWFraW5nIHN1 Z2dlc3Rpb25zLiANICAgSSBwbGFjZSB0aGUgYmFuZC1haWRzIG9uIHRoZSBmYWNlIHNsaWdodGx5 IG92ZXJsYXBwaW5nIGV2ZXJ5IHBpZWNlLiBJIGdlbnRseSAic211ZGdlIiB0aGUgd2V0IHBsYXN0 ZXIgdG8gYmxlbmQgdGhlIHBpZWNlcyB0b2dldGhlci4gIEkgaGF2ZSBmb3VuZCB0aGF0IGZvbGRp bmcgdGhlIGVkZ2UgcGllY2VzIHRoZSBlZGdlIG9mIHRoZSBtYXNrIHN0cm9uZ2VyLiBZb3UgY2Fu IHRlbGwgd2hlbiB0aGUgbWFzayBpcyByZWFkeSB0byBjb21lIG9mZiBiZWNhdXNlIGl0IGZlZWxz IHNvbGlkIHRvIHRoZSB0b3VjaC4gSWYgeW91IHdhaXQgdW50aWwgZXZlcnkgcGFydCBvZiB0aGUg bWFzayBpcyBzb2xpZCBiZWZvcmUgcmVtb3ZpbmcgeW91IGNhbiBtYWtlIGl0IHdpdGggZmV3ZXIg bGF5ZXJzLiBXaGVuIHRoZSBtYXNrIGhhcyBiZWVuIHJlbW92ZWQsIGlmIGl0IGlzIHN0aWxsIGEg bGl0dGxlIHNvZnQsIHN1cHBvcnQgaXQgaW4gdGhlIHJpZ2h0IHNoYXBlLiBJIHRyaW0gdGhlIGVk Z2VzIHdpdGggc2Npc3NvcnMgd2hpbGUgaXQgaXMgc3RpbGwgc29mdC4NICBJIHdvdWxkIGJlIGhh cHB5IHRvIGFuc3dlciBhbnkgb3RoZXIgcXVlc3Rpb25zIHlvdSBoYXZlIGFib3V0IHRoZSBwcm9q ZWN0Lg0NTmFuY3kgU29qa2ENQXJ0IEstMTINTm9ydGggV2lubmVzaGllayBTY2hvb2wNRGVjb3Jh aCwgSUELTmFuY3kgU29qa2HUMAAAAAAB44pwAeMAAf///wD///8AsVE7hwAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAcgtOYW5jeSBTb2prYQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA/wEBBgAAAAAAAAAAAAAXbnNv amthQG4td2lubi5tZWFucy5uZXQAAAAAAAAAALFRO4cAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAADRTVFlMAAEAAAqvAAIAAAAAAAwACgADAAAACQAAAAAAAAAACncACwAJAAQAAAAJ AAAAAAAA --====54545755525557564854===1--


  • Maybe reply: Rosa Juliusdottir: "Re: Plaster mask project"
  • Maybe reply: Lauretta A. Hendricks-Backus: "Re: Plaster mask project"
  • Maybe reply: Christine Merriam: "Re: Plaster mask project"
  • Maybe reply: Charlotte Griswold: "Re: Plaster mask project"
  • Maybe reply: freckles spots: "Re: Plaster mask project"
  • Maybe reply: bkingman: "Re: Plaster mask project"
  • Maybe reply: Charlotte Griswold: "Re: Plaster mask project"