We were covering the objectives, we can identify works of art from Africa and we can apply an additive printmaking process. We began by looking at African Masks and discussing their similarities and differences. We then created a collagraph printing plate of an African mask using thin cardboard from cereal boxes. We printed the plate four times on four different African colored papers with white printing ink. We finished by preparing our prints for display by cutting each out and mounting them onto small black or white paper and then gluing each onto a large black or white paper.
The learning objectives for this work were: We will know some of the characteristics of African masks. We will understand that African masks are created for purposes such as ceremonies or events. We will be able to create our own interpretation of a mask.
We began by looking at different African masks and finding the similarities. We used neutral and African Kente cloth colored paper to create our masks and added pattern with paper and dried beans.
We then created a background by weaving black and white paper together and then used cardboard scrap to add to the back of our masks before gluing them onto the weaving to create depth.
For this project we were focused on the learning objective: I can identify and create African Art. We looked at many African Masks and discussed the similarities and differences in them. The similarities we focused on was the use of simplified facial features and geometric pattern.
The second learning objective we covered was to cut a symmetrical shape from a folded piece of paper. Then we drew half our mask with pencil and then heavy black crayon and then rubbed it onto the second half of the paper to create a symmetrical mask. We added raffia to the bottom.
The last learning objective we worked on was to create an additive process by looping yarn around a wooden block to make a printing block or stamp. We then dipped our block into white tempera and stamped around the edge of a large black paper for a frame.
The final step was to glue our mask to the center of our printed frame. The students really enjoyed the printmaking process. I think their line designs from the printed frames are beautiful!
This is another lesson I got from Sherry Sanning. Thanks again for sharing, you rock!
We start this lesson during the class before "clay day",looking at and discussing African masks. The students then make a paper pattern of their mask making sure to use traditional African style facial features.
During the second class they get a 3/4 thick 4x6" piece and lay their main paper pattern onto the top of the clay and use a clay tool to cut around the pattern. The pattern is removed and then the scrap clay is patted into a pancake for the facial features. They use their patterns to make the features and attach them by scoring and slipping.
They then use a small doll rod to add a hole to the top and some at the bottom (if they wish) to tie raffia. I ask them to use the clay tools to create some symmetrical patterns by pressing them into the surface of the clay.
I fire them and then they painted them with brown tempera cake and then added raffia to the bottom.
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