Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Fourth Grade Foil Masks

Fourth graders viewed a slide show about masks in history, cultures and uses today. Besides religious ceremonies, masks have been used in burial, theater, sports, carnivals, emergency and medical purposes, and for ART. The human face is so interesting to artists that masks take on many forms in the art world. Our masks were first sketched in notebooks. These were transferred to a 5x5' paper. The paper was taped to a same size piece of gold or copper foil. Laying this on a magazine to "cushion" the process, students drew over their designs, pressing firmly. This is called "embossing" and pushes the patterns out onto the other side of the foil.  Next students used sharpies to color in their masks, leaving some of the initial foil showing. More to come.......

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