Papier Mache Masks
A huge variety of cultures and ethnicity use masks a means of social interaction: To play, to party, to show emotion, to scare, or to represent something significant. A mask literally hides our faces and gives us a new way that others look at us. Students will be creating a mask using papier mache. Students study the various styles of masks and the reasons behind why each culture makes masks, then punching holes for grass or weaving, adding spaces for beads, rocks, etc to be added on after painting.
Students brainstorm different ideas around the idea of surrealism: Crazy, nonsensical images mashed together to create a unique and individual composition. Studying surrealist artist Salvador Dali, students choose a single letter of the alphabet and use the letter to come up with ideas: Kangaroo eating a Kitkat in KMart, etc.
Using images from the Internet, students cut the paper to create a collage of images. These pieces of paper are them glued image-side down to a piece of canvas with Modge Podge. After a day of drying, students spray water onto the artwork and gently use their fingers to rub away the paper, leaving behind the color image of their work
Students learn how to draw an eye, a nose, and a mouth! Putting them all in the right spot? Not important! Shading and learning how to "see" and recreate reality is right up these 8th graders alleys!
Students learn about a variety of food art and how presentation is totally key in how appetizing food can be! Looking at the Japanese art of food models. This technique is still practiced today and it makes it easy for patrons to order without the use of menus. We will create our own foods using clay and texture, presenting our food as a collaborative art piece dinner party, plates with forks and knives included!