In Grade 8 Visual Arts, we are working on the design and creation of masks.
In the stage 1 of the unit planner, it is described through the Statement of Inquiry as “The way we represent and express ourselves changes through time and space”, which then results in inquiry questions like: “ How can a mask be a cultural reflection of time and space?” and “Do we need masks to show our cultural identity?”
The students, in groups, came up with a lot more inquiry questions, which lead into further research about masks in different cultures and times. This research also gave the students more ideas for their own designs. But, of course, in the end it is about the process of creating art products themselves. And with this, there was a real buzz of excitement this week in the art room where the students made a start with their mask by using plaster of Paris (also called mudroc). It was a very hands-on activity, getting the hands covered in plaster, but giving an outcome right away.
The coming weeks will be used to further work out the mask using again plaster of Paris to extend the shapes and then add on all kinds of materials as decoration. We will keep you in the loop!