Mentor Artist Julia James explored masks with the first graders at Mary Silveira School:
“The students and I began by looking at original masks from West Africa and Indonesia. Students observed the similarities and differences and as a class we shared and made connections to traditions in cultures around the world. We then designed a mask together, as I drew and the students called out suggestions, using shapes incorporating symmetry. Symmetry was explained as what is on one side of a face is repeated on the opposite.”
Students then created their personal mask beginning with pencil line and then adding vibrant colors with soft oil pastels.