Masks as Materials

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Wednesday, April 17 2019

Masks as Materials

Ages 9 - 12


Vacation Program

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Designed for ages 9 to 12
  • By Andrew Sargent, Site Historian & Lead Educator

Some materials (wood and clay) become masks because they are common.
Some materials (jade and gold(, become masks because they are precious.

For millennia, mask makers have experimented with messages and materials. Wood, clay, shells, copper, and feathers made ancient masks. Paper, then plastic are common today. Make mini masks to test your hand at the techniques, versatility, expressiveness, feel, and magic of old and new materials. Select 5 of these materials:

Copper (with soldering)
Papier Mache
Vacu-form Plastic

Construct an artful stand to display your work

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