I did this mask project with a Grade 8 class. To create the masks, we used plastic face forms which I ordered from Dick Blick. I initially liked them because they are multicultural. However, once I opened them, they're actually quite small-- I wish I could find much bigger ones.
|plastic face forms|
I have done this mask project before having students make the masks on their faces, but it's quite the process: you always have one or two who don't want to do it, girls don't want their make-up to come off, etc, hence, I went with the face form and it's MUCH more convenient. Students LOVE working with plaster, btw. It's my most requested medium by all grades.
We used plaster strips to form the masks, about 2-3 layers. Once dry, we primed them and then students could use any materials they wanted to create a mask of their choice. I showed them examples of masks from around the world beforehand.
Some hot glued on additions, such as cut out cereal boxes, parts from egg cartons, cardboard tubes, etc. I like to emphasize 'reuse & recycle' in my classroom, like most Art teachers do! I also keep on hand loads of 'crafty' materials (sequins, plastic jewels, glitter, feathers, etc). These were spray varnished at the end.
|In my sample, I hot glued on a cut cereal box to add height.|
|Open up a paper clip and hot glue it to the back for a simple hanger.|
|My sample: I was going for an Indonesian style mask.|