Posts Tagged by mask
|December 4, 2012||Posted by Cristy under Fourth Grade|
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This is one of my very favorite projects.
Partly because it incorporates so many good things.
Partly because it’s just awesome.
It goes like this:
1. Students practice drawing realistically proportioned faces by drawing along with Mrs. A while she demonstrates face parts and placement. They continue to “draw along” using blenders and shading to create realistic value.
2. Kids look in the mirror and use the skills they learned in #1 to draw a realistic, accurately shaded SELF portrait. (I saved up for a long time for some two sided acrylic mirrors – expensive, but SO worth it! I’ve had them for 8 years now)
3. They trace their self portrait onto a blank paper – line only, no value.
4. We analyze masks from a variety of cultures, talk about why cultures use masks, the “hiding” and the “revealing” of the true self and even spiritual or magical elements of many masks. We talk about how we as humans also tend to “hide” some things and “reveal” others when we interact with each other. Finally we talked about each student’s inner magic or what their spirit would look like if it was visible? How would you draw your personal energy? What colors would it be? What texture? Jagged lines or flowing? Vertical or horizontal?
5. Now students choose a palate of colored pencils and divide space on their “spirit portrait” into symmetrical areas. Color, texture, hatching, stippling, color overlay… you can get as intensive as you like on this phase.
That’s it! I feel like this explores nearly every one of our standards, and invites students to really stretch their thinking.
What do you think?
|March 19, 2012||Posted by Cristy under First grade|
First graders put on a fabulous production of The Little Red Hen last week, so in collaboration with the music teacher the kids and I took two weeks of the sculpture unit and created these mask/hats. Each kid made a structure to hold it on his/her head, then used folded, cut and glued paper to make it into whatever farm animal the child chose. It was fast and furious, and I didn’t think to get any pix until the day of the play, so I apologize for the terrible photography. Great project, though – pretty paper intensive, but amazingly high interest. The kids were SO invested in their animals, and were super excited to bring them home after the performance.