The sixth graders are in the planning stage of their mask-making process. They saw a PowerPoint presentation about the culture of the Pacific Northwest Native American masks and why they were created. We talked about the ceremonies they were made for and worn in as well as the different spirits the masks represented. We looked at pictures of the masks and talked about the shapes and patterns used as well as the symbolism and expression behind the human and animal masks. We also discussed elements of design that they need to include in their masks such as texture, repetition, variety, color and shape. The students then spent the rest of the class hour sketching and designing their masks so that when they get their clay on Thursday they will have a plan. I think these masks will turn out well!

Examples of eyes, noses, mouths and patterns to put on the mask

A student sketch for their mask

A student sketch for their mask

A student sketch for their mask

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