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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

mask making

Created on March 23, 2020 by artspaz

Students will learn about masks and create their own using cardboard and various objects.

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4 sessions; 40 minutes per session

SWBAT understand how masks are used in various cultures.
SWBAT define form
SWBAT define pattern and show 3 different kinds on their masks.
SWBAT use various objects to create unity

1. Cardboard
2. Acrylic paint
3. Scissors
4. Box cutter (teacher only)
5. Glue
6. Beads, buttons..
7. Feathers
8. Pipe cleaners
9. hot glue gun
9. Foam shapes
10. Metallic oil pastels

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1. Introduce masks from various cultures.
Ask students "why do people wear masks?" Discus.
Ask students what they see in common with each mask, (all have eyes, nose and mouth)
2. Have students pick a cardboard piece for the BASE or face of the mask. (I pre-cut mine and don't let them try to cut the shape in a circle it is too hard for their little hands)
3. Then they draw out a simple idea for the face onto the cardboard.
4. Gather smaller pieces of cardboard and foam sheets to cut out the shapes for the details of the face. (This ends the first day and I have them put the shapes into a baggie)

5. Paint. We use acrylic paint because it acts like glue and gives a nice cover to the cardboard. We start with painting the face shape, while it is still wet, they lay the shapes ontop so they stick to the wet paint. If they need to they will paint the back of the shape and lay it on.
After all the shapes are on they must add 3 different patterns using contrasting colors.

6. The next session we add all the embellishments. Some things may need to be hot glued too, but most will stick with white glue.

7. The last class I have students work in small groups to tell a story or "show " with their masks.

Students will fill out an exit slip....

does your mask have all the features of the face?

Draw one of the patterns you used.

What was your favorite part?


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[K-4] Students know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures

African Art, American Art, Asian Art, Symbolism

Balance, Color/Value, Contrast, Rhythm/Pattern

Acrylic, Mixed Media

History/Social Studies