More Mask Making at Laurel Dell

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This Spring, the 4th and 5th Grade students at Laurel Dell made animal hybrid masks. The process took some work! First, students researched and sketched a mask design. Next, they molded the mask in clay. After a thick coat of petroleum jelly, the masks were carefully covered in strips of plaster, and left to harden. Finally, after being released from the clay molds, the plaster masks were then painted and adorned with fake fur or feathers to bring out their animal features. After making a series of paper masks, the K-3 student artists had room for a quick, one-day project. I switched it up…instead of a mask, we made a Super Hero Power Hat, which we pretended would give the wearer a special ability, such as flight or invisibility. The students had a lot of fun constructing and embellishing this special headgear!


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