Students researched masks from a variety of cultures and presented their findings to the class.
By Jenna Paul
Students researched masks from a variety of cultures and presented their findings to the class. The students presented on Venetian, African, Japanese, Dance, and Egyptian cultures and then told how each culture used these masks. They talked about the history behind the masks as well as some fun facts. Venetian masks were worn at carnival celebrations. The masks were used to hide their class on the Social Pyramid. The Japanese masks were traditionally used in theaters. Most Japanese masks were connected with ancient myths and folk tales. The students discussed elements and principles they saw in these masks and in the masks of modern artists. They then reviewed color theory, and how color relationships work together before diving into the creation of their masks! Students had free choice of a theme. Be sure to ask these artists the story behind their mask!