By Ashley Sander
Ms. Boyer’s 6th-12th art students learned about different cultures by making masks. Each student’s goal was to base his or her mask on a type of cultural. Some of the finished products were modeled after Venetian Carnival Masks, Mexican Day of the Dead Masks, Chinese New Year Masks, and African Festima Masks. These types of masks all hold important cultural significance. For example, the Venetian Carnival Mask is worn during the Carnival in Venice, a celebration that dates back to the 13th century. Mexican Day of the Dead (or Día de los Muertos) originated as a way to celebrate or honor deceased family members. During the New Year in China, masks are worn during the week long celebrations for the holiday. These masks are made from a range of materials including stones, metal, and leather. African Festima Masks date back centuries in several West African countries, as mask making is an African tradition. Students also made masks based off of significant Native Americans and Egyptians, such as King Tut and Sacajawea. King Tut was an Egyptian Pharaoh, one of the most commonly known Pharaohs today. Sacajawea is also well known today for assisting the Lewis and Clark expedition. Overall, the mask making was a very enjoyable and culturally informative experience.