Sixth Grade Mask Making
In this lesson students broke up into groups of 5-8 to create lists of masks. They considered masks that they know of, have seen, and have worn. Next the whole class joined together to create categories of masks and determined what category their masks would be placed in. Lastly, they decided that some categories could belong within others. For example the Halloween category was placed into the Celebrations category. Some of the final categories included Protection, Ceremony, Health, and Sports.
Together we took a visual journey of masks in time and place. While students viewed mask imagery they considered the idea of “making” one’s identity as they were introduced to Theatrical, Ceremonial, and Festival masks.
Students brainstormed and drew out at least four different mask ideas before they decided upon a final design. The final design was edited and made actual size and then taped onto colored metal tooling. The lines of the design were traced and then the paper was removed so that the foil could be pushed in or out on either side in order to create the interest of texture. Next students chose areas of the mask to highlight with color using permanent markers. Finally students decided on what embellishments they wanted to add to complete their mask. After the masks were completed, students created wall tags for their mask, which included the category of the mask, and it’s use.
- Masks exist in different times and places
- Craftsmanship and skill in the handling of tools, materials, and medium
- Deliberate consideration of texture, color and design additions
- Intentional category and purpose of mask
- Promoting engineering and problem solving through proficiency of the medium