SchoolArts Magazine

October 2018

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IS A STORY MASK M asks are a universal art form and they are found in nearly every culture around the world. They express. They protect. They are symbolic of individuals as well as groups of people. Masks can also provide a creative outlet for students BEHIND EVERY E L E M E N T A R Y Bob Reeker to connect with and share their per- sonal stories. The purpose of this unit is for stu- dents to personally express themselves t hrough the creation of a mask. It is important for students not to simply copy a mask from a culture the student does not belong to. Encourage students to express themselves and their own culture through their mask creation. Essential Questions Before starting this unit, consider the following key questions and discuss them with students: • How can a mask or other art form represent the values of a people? • H ow will your mask depict you and share your voice? • Are all masks from a given cul - ture symbolic of the people fro m that culture? • H ow will the materials you choose for your mask represent you as a human and as an artist? Developing a Mask Concept Using a self-reflection rubric (see next page), students begin the unit by researching ideas that express Left: Ashley, Idea, grade five. Middle: Stoney, Bos, grade five. 46 OCTOBER 2018 SchoolArts

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