Create Your Own African Mask
- This Black History art project teaches symmetrics. I have done this
project with young students and Special Education students in grades 3,4,5,
and 6 with great success! The good thing about this art project is that
it is almost "goof proof" and you probably already have the materials
needed on hand in your room.
- For each student you will need:
- -1 Large piece construction paper (a light color)
- -scissors (you may need to do the cutting after dried.)
- -black tempra paint
- -paint brush
- Teacher will use stapler later after mask is finished if step 6
- desired and glue if step 7 is desired.
- 1. Fold paper in half, lengthwise.
- 2. Tell students that whatever they draw on one half must be the
- the other half. First they need to draw half of the oval shape on
- side and then on the other for the shape of the mask. (If your students
- are very young, you may need to have previously traced the large
- the paper). Then the teacher can also demonstrate by making an eye
- facial symbol design (ie. lightning bolt, wavy lines, filled in
- zigzags), on one side of cheek or forehead and then repeat drawing
- the other half of the paper in the exact same way.
- 3. Students must color heavily since they will be black-paint-washing
- afterwards and the paint will only stick where there are no heavy
- markings. (Don't forget to color the whites of the eyes unless you
- them to be black - also, coloring the whites of the eyes yellow
- very interesting!
- 4. Then brush with rather thin black paint - do not scrub paint
- rather brush on lightly.
- 5. When dry, cut out.
- 6. This step is optional. When dried, make 2 slits about 2 inches
- long - one at forehead and one at chin, then pull the two tabs over
- each other and staple to give it a 3-D look.
- 7. This step is optional also, but really helps to dress up the
- even more. Back the mask on colored paper to frame it - so to speak
- then display and enjoy the compliments!!
- You may want to use old crayons that you have because the
- children need to press firmly and for some children it can be upsetting
- when their crayons break so easily. Also it is a good idea to walk
- around and check to make sure they ARE pressing firmly AND filling
- the areas that they DO want colored and not painted black. Light
- coloring results in black paint sticking to it and the design is
- up and lost. You may want to demonstrate this as you are introducing
- this African History/Math/Art lesson.
This activity was submitted by Liz. Thanks!
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