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Lesson Plans

Re: plaster masks

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Numo Jaeger and Michael Miller (jaegmil)
Thu, 09 Apr 1998 11:21:37 -0400

I love doing this project with students. I have done it with student
ranging in age from elementary school to adult school. I gave students the
choice of doing a full face mask or a partial face mask. The partial face
mask is then put on a dowel. I have found that some people no matter what
the age have difficulty with their eyes, nose or mouth being covered.

Instead of using pre made plastic bases I have had elementary and high
school students use a clay base for their plaster masks. This way if they
don't feel comfortable putting plaster or Vaseline on their face they can
choose another method.

I really like the idea of using plastic wrap instead of Vaseline though.
What a great idea! The Vaseline is really difficult to get completely off
the face and high school students don't seem to like the idea of getting
Vaseline on their faces anyway. Even so, one of my favorite full faces was
a man with a complete beard. We used lots of Vaseline!

When I have done it with adults it is often in conjunction with making a
clay mold. Students back up the plaster gauze with a thick application of
plaster of paris so the face mold is rigid. This makes an excellent mold
for pressing clay slabs into and the mold can be used repeatedly for other


Numo Jaeger
Studio One Art Center
Oakland CA