My students need acrylic paint to complete their paper-mache masks.
Can you imagine going to a museum and not seeing any sculptures? Neither can I. Due to budget constraints, most of the art assignments I give my students have to be 2D. This is the only assignment I have that is 3D. Without the paint, their masks cannot come to life.
My students are 9th - 12th graders in a major, urban school system in Massachusetts.
It is a Title I School. Many of our students are from low income homes. Almost 70% of our students are Hispanic. The remainder are African American, Asian, White, and Native American. We service almost 1,400 students.
The Paper Mache mask making assignment is the final project in my foundations in art class. The students design an original character or use a photo of a known character or celebrity from popular culture and create a 3D mask sculpture. It all starts with a balloon, paper, and some glue paste. The students layer strips of paper over the balloon that is eventually popped. The hardened outer shell becomes the base to shape and attach features such as hair, eyes, hats, etc. The mask is then painted with a black coat of paint to eliminate the text on the newspaper. The final application of colored paint is the last step. The heavy body acrylic paint is great for covering the mask.
This project is the hook that gets students interested in taking my art class.
Their masks are prominently displaced around our school prior to students taking them home. Without the paint, I can not give this extremely valuable assignment. Please help us finalize our project.
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