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styro meat or fruit tray....they do come in different sizes
Toilet paper tubes
lots of masking tape
For the first phase, have the students look at the masks and their
symmetry and geometric shapes. Give each student a styro tray and
various other supplies. Ask them to cut and build their masks using the
styro tray as a base. Tell them NOT to just leave the tray it's basic
shape. These do come in different sizes so that may help for some
This will require lots of masking tape and boy, do they love masking
Paper mache the masks with a layer or two of newspaper.
when they are done Paper mache, have them draw their mask and design
them. Think about colors used by the Africans in their masks.
Final layer of paper mache with brown paper towels. When dry, this
gives it a look of wood and you also know that you have at least two
layers of Paper mache on the mask.
With their drawing in hand, have the start decorating the masks. I use
oil pastels sometimes, just so they don't cover the entire mask with
paint. Other times I have given the students skinny paint brushes so it
was impossible to cover the entire mask.
Also you may want to say something about blood and guts. They are not
in the African masks, and you may want to let them know up front what
As a finishing touch, I offer raffia to the students to hang from their
masks. They usually love this touch because it makes their masks look
even more real.
hope this helps. Instead of the styro meat trays, you may want to go to
a computer store and ask them for their large styro pieces. I have
thought about do that but the size of my room limited me.
>Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 08:38:18 EDT
>Subject: Paper Mache Masks
>I just got hired to do a specialty workshop at a summer camp. I am a
>of Paper Mache, and all the paper arts in general, But I'm
>teaching and running limited workshops (I am expecting approximetly 15
>students 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. I will have a counsler aid. The
>to make large african tribal masks. My workshops will be 4 2hr.
sessions. ( 1
>session per week) This will allow drying time between the stages. I am
>set with samples of actual wooden carved masks as examples. The masks
>size, shape and content. My goal is for the kids to be as creative as
>can, I don't want the masks to be the same. The owners of the camp
>displing these peices in a cultural arts exhibit later in the summer. I
>artist studing to be an art teacher. I really want this workshop to be
>success and you never know how well you can teach until you jump right
>I could definetly use some advice:
>I really see these masks being large, 18'' to 21/2' for a hight
>What would be a good support? Should I make a corrugated cardboard
>do you get the kids to be the designers, or get them to plan in
>they are working on their masks features) I am having trouble figuring
>support system for the mache. I thought of using chicken wire with
>- but I don't think the kids could handle it. In other classes I have
>the projects were all one uniform size. How do you go about getting a
>of results, I would imagine the students who are truly intrested will
>do the most eloborate masks, What to do with the ones who won't try?
>How should I space out the class in terms of stages: Macheing ,
>painting collaging ( I have some really nice hand made papers that
>used as a finished surface) and finally sealling- what to do with early
>finishers. Is the time aloted enough time?
>I would appericiate any advice you could give me to make this a
>Thanks so much in advance,
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