COLORFUL PAPER MASKS
Level: Primary and up
Grades: K and up | Age: 5yrs and up | Written by:
[Andrea is one of the creators of KinderArt.] Illustration: Geoff Slater
Masks are a way to make kinderart faces,
that lift and transport us to new and wild places.
From a bird to a beast to a sad happy clown,
masks make you laugh, make you jump, make you frown.
Using paper and scissors and objects you find,
You can make masks of all colors and kinds.
- Students will see that masks have great meaning in many cultures.
- Students will have a chance to discover the importance of connecting our present day lives with the lives of those who lived before us.
- Students will create a paper mask.
What You Need:
- Students will learn to appreciate the art created not only by them, but by others as well.
What You Do:
- Heavy poster paper about 22" x 28" per student (can be smaller depending on what's available.)
- Scissors (and help for the little ones)
- A paper stapler
- Paintbrushes & containers for water
- Magic markers, feathers and other found objects
- String or elastic
When making masks, take the opportunity to discuss masks from around the world. Children could even take part in a discussion about how everyone wears different "masks" from day to day... when we are sad, happy or scared.
- Draw an oval shape on the large piece of paper. The larger the better... masks can cover more then just the face. Cut the oval shape out of the paper.
- At both the top and bottom of the oval, make a 1" cut. (You will later take these cuts, fold the paper across itself and staple so the mask has some dimension).
- Draw and cut out where the eye holes and mouth and nose holes (if any) are going to be.
- Decorate the mask by using bright crayon colors or bright paint colors.
- Even more details can be added with magic markers and crayons.
- Now, where you made you made your cuts, fold the paper and staple in place. This will give your mask more dimension.
- Glue found object decorations on the mask. Anything from feathers and string to beads and tissue paper.
- Staple string onto the mask so it can be tied around the head.
An excellent resource for masks from all over.
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