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Re: A&E.A: Studio Project

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Christine Merriam (
Wed, 03 Dec 1997 09:55:06 +0000

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Hi Lindsey, Anel, and Belia
Are the Masks flat or 3-d?

Observations about your lesson: The introduction of Yaqui Masks and
their role in ceremonies is not mentioned at the beginning... do you
plan to give the students a clear idea about them before or after the
I simply have kids bend the long sides of a 9'x12' paper in half (not
crease it) and round off the outside corners (saves a lot on xerox and
provides an opportunity to use any color for the mask base) If it is
3-D we also cut a 2" slit at the top and bottom of the short ends of
the bent paper, then glue it so it looks sort of like a box. Next show
that eyes are half way between the top and bottom of the head (not on
our forehead as many students depict them). Punch a hole for each eye
with scissors or pencils, and cut eye shapes. Then add whatever
materials you want. I have used this base for many cultural mask
Sounds like you are off to a great start.

Chris Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School

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