My students are so excited about mask-making! They have been bringing random found objects and knick knacks from home to use as decorations on masks that they will make.
These kids do not typically have access to high-quality arts experiences outside of school.
That is why this project is so important to them. If they don't get to make a mask from plaster in art, they may never have the chance to do something like this again. The fact that they have been bringing in little odds and ends speaks volumes to how meaningful this is to them. It means they are thinking about this art project outside of school. It means they are engaged!
They will use this plaster wrap with animal mask molds that we already have in our classroom. They will paint their masks with paint that we already have. Then, they will work together and with me to glue their found objects to their masks as details. For instance, one student has brought in a Ziploc bag of her grandmother's old buttons. She wants to make these buttons hang from the neck of the mask like a necklace. This project requires problem solving, planning, and collaborating. I plan to display these masks in several places. I want to take some of them to our local art museum, some will go in the school's foyer on a shelf that my students made, and some will be hung in the hallways on the display boards. I might even take some to the high school! I plan to hang every mask that gets created somewhere!
My students are so excited about this project.
They talk about it all the time. I am just worried about ensuring I have enough plaster wrap for each student to create a mask. This Donor's Choose project can help us with that!
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