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A&E.A: Studio Project

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Bryce M Downing (bmd)
Wed, 3 Dec 1997 00:24:17 -0700 (MST)

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Lindsey, Anel, Belia and I are working on a lesson unit for 5th or
6th graders which focuses on Yaqui environmental themes and the way in
which the Yaqui interact with the environment. For the unit, we developed
a studio project based on the creation of Yaqui deer dancing masks. Each
child should create a mask that expresses some theme about how they
interact with the environment. Upon completion, children should be
encouraged, if not required, to explain what his or her mask represents.
Of course, pictures of Yaqui masks used in deer dancing ceremonies may be
shown to the students to help spark ideas.

Materials Needed:
1. Photocopied sheets of paper with a "blank" mask outline.
2. Scissors.
3. Pens, pencils, water-based paints, crayons, glue, paper and any
other art material that the students or yourself may be interested in
using.
4. Tape.

Steps:
1. Distribute copies of sheets of paper with the "blank" mask to the
students.
2. Have students collect the art materials they wish to use in the
creation of their particular mask.
3. Students then paint, draw or attach anything to the mask which
expresses the relationship to the environment.
4. When the masks are done, have the students cut out their masks using
scissors.
5. Construct the masks after they have been cut out using tabs or tape
as needed.

When the masks are finished, children should then share what their
masks represent. This lesson project leaves room for children to come up
with their own ideas and methods of expressing them. As always, your
input is appreciated. Any ideas or recommendations would be great.
Thanks!


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