PAPIER-MÂCHÉ MASK – Form, Pattern, Contrast

Students design and create a papier-mâché mask for a specific purpose.

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PAPIER-MÂCHÉ MASK – Form, Pattern, Contrast

Supplies:

  • Crayola Modeling Clay
  • Crayola Acrylic Paint - 6 Count
  • Crayola Paintbrushes - 5 Count
  • Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") or Sketchbooks
  • Crayola Erasable Coloured Pencils - 12 Count
  • Crayola Glitter Glue
  • Crayola Doodle Pad Newsprint - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Recycled Newspapers
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Water Containers
  • Embellishments
  • Cardboard - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") - 1 per student
 

Steps:

1
Step 1
  1. Use Crayola Modeling Clay to build up the mask form. This will be your mold.
  2. View the mold from the side to be sure you have built up the features to make them really stick out.
2
Step 2
  1. Coat the mold with petroleum jelly
  2. This will make it easier to remove the mold when the mask is finished.
3
Step 3
  1. Cover the mold with small pieces of torn newspaper dipped in water.
4
Step 4
  1. Tear small pieces of white newsprint into a small pile.
  2. Tear small pieces of recycled newspaper into another small pile.
  3. Pour Crayola School Glue into a container.
  4. Add a small amount of water to the glue to thin it slightly.
5
Step 5
  1. Dip a piece of the white newsprint into the glue mixture then place it on the mold.
  2. Cover the entire mold with a layer of white newsprint.
  3. Repeat this process making the next layer newspaper.
    - This way you can easily tell where you have added a new layer of paper.
6
Step 6
  1. Add 5 layers of paper alternating between newspaper and white newsprint.
  2. Be sure to use the white newsprint for the last layer.
  3. Allow your mask to dry for about 3 days.
7
Step 7
  1. While it is drying use erasable coloured pencils to make 4 plan drawings for painting your mask.
  2. Choose the design you like the best.
8
Step 8
  1. When your mask is completely dry squeeze your fingers in between the paper and the modeling clay and gently remove the modelling clay.
  2. Trim the edges with scissors.
  3. Glue small pieces of paper over the edges of the mask to give a smooth finish.
  4. This layer should dry in a day.
9
Step 9
  1. Use acrylic paint to finish the mask.
  2. Depending on your design, you may want to start by applying a base coat of white.
  3. Add details and embellishments.
10
Step 10
  1. View your mask with fresh eyes.
  2. Give it a title.
  3. Write a description of your mask's purpose.
  4. Explain how it is designed to meet its purpose.
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Social Studies,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8,

    • Grade 9,

    • Grade 10


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