SchoolArts Magazine

Summer 2017

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to the middle and cut on the folds. Cut a slit at the top and bottom of the mask on the fold and overlap and tape the slits to create a 3D form. To add horns or a beak, start with a square piece of paper. Fold the paper on the diagonal, and open and fold the edges to the fold to form a kite shape. Open up the shape, fold on the diagonal again and make several cuts, each one starting along the centerfold line and ending at the next fold line. Open up the shape and overlap the flaps to form a 3D horn or beak. Attach the form onto the mask using long flat pieces of tape. Experiment with folding, cut - ting, and overlapping to create dif- ferent shaped snouts. Once students have created prac- tice designs they are happy with, have them construct their final masks using tag board and mask - ing tape. Masks must be wrapped neatly in tin foil so that no tag board is showing. Crumple wads of news - paper to support the inside of the mask. The foil will keep the mask from getting soggy and the news - paper will keep the project intact as plaster bandages are applied. Applying Plaster Cut small strips of dry plaster craft bandages. Dip each piece into water and lay it carefully on the foil-covered mask. Smooth it out immediately, until the edges lay flat and none of the holes in the cloth are showing. Continue to apply the bandages, over - lapping and crisscrossing, smoothing as you go. Wrap the edges of the ban - dages neatly around the edges of the mask and around any openings. Use small amounts of clay or tape on crumpled tin foil to create additional details such as a tongue or some teeth, and add another coat of the plaster craft over the mask, covering both your first coat and your new details. When the completed mask is dry, coat the entire surface with a smooth layer of modeling paste, which will fill in any holes in the plaster bandages and is a light - weight method of strengthening the mask. When the paste is dry, use acrylic paint to decorate the mask with symmetrical patterns and a simple graphic contrasting color scheme. Add a final clear coat of acrylic gloss medium. The art of Caribbean mask making is always evolving. What traditions will influence the masks your students create? You'll What traditions will influence the masks our students create? find many more useful teaching resources at my website below. Rachel Wintemberg teaches middle- school art at Samuel E. Shull School in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. rachelhw1966@ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K thehelpfulartteacher.blogspot. com/2012/03/how-to-create-and- design-your-own.html Jeyddy Ruiz, grade five. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 17

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