After looking at images of a variety of masks from around the world, the students chose to create an animal (spirit animal or realistic), or a person for their inspiration.
Students had access to sculpture materials in bins, which they could use to help form their armature. This student utilized cardboard tubes for her eyes.
|This student used plastic caps as part of her armature for the eyes.|
|This mask began with molding clay into the shapes the artist wanted, before adding paper mache. |
Next, I went over the basics of color mixing, having students create secondary colors, as well as tints and shades from the primary colors. They then painted their masks as they saw fit, mixing most of their colors from primary colors and white.
Below are some of the great masks that resulted.
Before we painted them, we pulled out and in some cases ripped with gusto the paper and/or clay armatures from underneath the paper mache. All that was left was three strong layers of paper mache which had taken the shape of the armature.