There are lots of processes
involved in the mask painting activity. I thought it was a good
opportunity to experience these new techniques all in the one
In doing this piece
of work, students experienced these things -
1. Using "reference"
(a photo) as a starting point.
2. Painting directly
onto a surface without drawing in pencil first.
3. Painting onto a
4. Scratching wet paint
to create textured areas
5. Limiting colours
to "earth colours" only.
6. Choosing to add
shells or feathers to the final work
7. Making the painting
large to fill the whole page.
I am interested in
masks and face painting and have collected lots of photocopies
of painted face designs and carved masks from various tribes and
cultures. I thought it would be interesting to see these ideas
made into big bold artworks using the lines, dots and shapes of
the original primitive masks.
I didn't want anyone
to copy exactly from the reference photo but to use it to get
ideas for a design and even to combine ideas from more than one
The resulting artworks
are very striking and they capture the feeling of primitive masks
in their colour and design.
is the best part about being an art teacher?
Seeing the many different
ways kids make artworks based on the guidelines I set out. Everyone
does things their own way and I always love seeing such a variety
of ideas in a classroom - I love that creativity in kids.