8th Grade students recently completed their plaster or cardboard mask construction. Prior to beginning this assignment, we discussed the various uses and functions of masks including: entertainment, protection, and to change or conceal identity. Students were then asked to create a mask related to one of these ideas.
Students were also shown a variety of examples of cultural and contemporary masks. These ranged from African masks in the Dogon culture and Native American Masks of the Northwest Coast to contemporary artists including Nick Cave, Brian Jungen and even Lucha Libre masks of Mexico.