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Re: Plaster-cast masks

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Teresa Coates (
Wed, 12 May 1999 12:29:09 -0400

My advanced art class created masks using plaster embedded gauze strips.
They turned out great! Students worked in pairs, although I noticed they
would sometimes regroup into three. Working outside, the model would lay
down on a large cloth with the other student(s) kneeling beside them. The
helper(s) would have a pan of warm water next to them. They would dip
small strips of gauze into the water and then apply to the vaselined face.
No strips were applied to the eye area. Strips covered the eyebrows, side
and under the eye. This way students could sit up and walk into the
classroom. They would then sit in a chair (which was placed with the back
against a wall) and lean their head back against the wall and relax as the
mask dried.
I allowed students the option to make paper mache masks. Four students
selected this method, using a balloon as a base.
Students were very pleased with the results, as was I.
Good luck.

Teresa in Tallahassee