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This unit teaches students about the history of masks, cultures that make masks, art appreciation, and maskmaking as an artform. This unit includes a cultural context incorporated in a mask history and aesthetics class discussion, research project and presentation, and art project. Students receive a handbuilding technique lesson as well. This units aim is to offer students a wellrounded knowledge on the subject.
Students discuss the function of masks in societies from ancient to present times via an "Assumption" exercise that includes an assigned picture of a mask. Students are asked to discuss the mask in groups (without having any background information on the mask). After group discussion, they present their "assumptions" to the class. Teacher and students then discuss background information on the mask, and compare information to the group's assumptions.
Newspapers, papier mache glue, spray paint, things to add to the mask
Gather pictures of masks of different cultures and time periods with information on each. Review mask information. Prepare assignment sheets for aesthetics discussion, videos, research project, and maskmaking production work. Prepare demonstration of papier mache handbuilding techniques.