- Easier - A mask is
anything used to hide, protect, or cover part or
all of the face. Masks are worn as a part of a
costume or a disguise. Some masks are worn to
protect such as a catcher's mask in baseball or a
- Harder - Masks are
worn to protect or disguise the face. Most masks
worn to disguise are in the form of an animal or
another person. Protective masks serve a specific
purpose. For example, a welder wears a steel mask
with a special lens to shield their eyes from the
intense light produced by welding. Disguise masks
include ceremonial masks, theatrical masks, burial
and death masks, and festival masks.
- Masks are made of varied materials including
paper, cloth, grass, leather, metal, shell, and
carved of wood or stone. They can be painted with
symbolic designs and vivid colors. Some masks have
realistic human or animal features, while others
provide a grotesque appearance.
Appeal - Part 1 from About.com
- Through the creative facial casting of our
inner selves, from ancient civilizations to present
day rituals, masks have possessed and revealed the
- Related Webpages at About.com:
- 2) Mask Appeal - Part 2 http://arttech.about.com/library/weekly/aa110598.htm
- 3) Contemporary Mask Makers http://arttech.about.com/library/bl_modern_mask_theatre.htm
- 4) Cultural Masks http://arttech.about.com/library/bl_cutural_masks.htm
- 5) Mask Making http://arttech.about.com/library/bl_modern_mask_making.htm
- 6) Modern Masks and Mask Makers http://arttech.about.com/library/bl_modern_masks.htm
- This site includes an essay with historical
images and footnotes on the significance of the
mask and the masque in the Old Republic of
- This comprehensive website provides information
about artists, galleries, horror/Halloween, lesson
plans, materials, and paper mâché.
There's also a mask art gallery, bibliographic
database, and an atlas of various world cultures at
That Link Craft And History by L.S.
- This brief article highlights an exhibit of
Mexican masks (Follow the link at the bottom of the
- Other Mask Exhibits:
- 2) Art of the African Mask from Bayly Art
Museum, University of Virginia
- 3) Dancing Demons - Ceremonial Masks of
Mongolia from The Asia Society http://www.asiasociety.org/arts/mongolia/
- 4) Javanese Mask Collection from The Field
- 5) Masks of Africa: The Primitive Face from the
Museum of Ancient and Modern Art
- 6) Masks: The World in Me from the Natural
History Museum of Los Angeles County
- 7) Noh Mask Exhibition http://www.enncorp.co.jp/Exhibit/noh/home.html
- 8) Transformation Mask by R. Hunt http://www.artsconnected.org/artsnetmn/inner/hunt.html
- 9) U'Mista Potlatch Collection http://www.schoolnet.ca/aboriginal/umista2/page01-e.html
- 10)Yupik Masks from Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of Natural History
- After visiting several of the websites
for masks, complete one or more of these
- Make A Mask. Before you get
started, you may get some great ideas and
instructions at sites like the following.
A few words of caution: Care should
be exercised to ensure that a person's
hair and eyes are not damaged.
- 1) How I Make Paper
Mâché Masks... by
- 2) Make A Mask from PBS: Africa for
- 3) Make A Plaster Mask http://nyny.essortment.com/plastermask_razf.htm
- 4) Make an African Mask http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/africa/make_an_african_mask.htm
- 5) Make An Insect Mask from PBS's
- 6) Make Your Own Helmet from
Cleveland Museum of Art
- 7) Mask Making Basics (Liquid latex)
from Special Effect Supply Co.
- 8) Mask Making from
- 9) Mask Making from Ideas
- 10)Milliner's Approach to Maskmaking:
Part I by J. Cardone, Yale School of
- 11)Transformation Masks (Clay)
- 12)Wood Masks http://www.northstar.k12.ak.us/schools/upk/wmask/wmask.html
- Complete A Masks WebQuest.
Follow or adapt the procedures found at
one of the following webQuest sites:
- 1) Africa: Masks, Myths, and Legends
(Grade 7) by L. Russo, J. Sack, A.
Shelton, & J. Vaszily
- 2) Mask-Making: A WebQuest (Grades 9 -
12) by M. Schimmer
- 3) Masks (Grade 7) by A.
- 4) Masks http://carrboro.chccs.k12.nc.us/~estraw/webquest/webquest.html
- 5) Masks for Professor Who by L.
Gardner (Grades 6-8)
- Write A Story About A Mask.
Historically, masks have been used in many
cultures. Today they still have many uses.
Write a story that involves a mask.
Illustrate you story and share your
finished project with family and
- Create A Mural of Masks. Using
a large posterboard or sheet of art paper
as the background, create a mural of
masks. You could limit your mural project
to include only original designs, or if
you prefer, use patterns that represent
historical masks. You might even visualize
masks of the future. Your mural could
stretch across history and show masks and
how they have been used through the ages.
Another mural mask theme could be to
illustrate as many different types of
masks as possible.
- Websites By Kids For Kids
of Korea (1999 ThinkQuest Internet
- This website gives the history and explanation
of each Korean masks.
- More Websites for Masks
- Study carefully the Chokwe Female Mask and the
Benin Chest Mask. Notice how different they
- Related Websites:
- 2) Magical Faces of Africa: African Masks
- 3) Many Faces of Africa http://cti.itc.virginia.edu/~bcr/studentwork/jones/shell.html
- 4) Masks and Masquerades in Africa from
- 5) Masks and Secret Societies http://www.smb.spk-berlin.de/mv/afrika/e/masken1.htm
- 6) Primitive Face: Masks of Africa http://www.mama.org/masks/
from Italian Fix
- Italy's Carnevale is synonymous with fun, cheer
- Other Related Websites:
- 2) Carnival Masks http://www.fondazione.com/masks/mask.htm
- 3) Indigenous Dance / Drama / Carnival Masks
Masks by S.D. Carter
- In Noh, players perform standardized roles or
'types' -- an old man, a warrior, a woman in love,
a demon, and so on -- rather than what in the West
we refer to as 'characters,' which helps to explain
the importance of masks in the Noh tradition.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Background to Noh - Kyogen
- 3) Introduction and History (Noh) http://www.kt.rim.or.jp/%7Esnoo/IntroE.html
- 4) Japanese Noh Theatre http://www.artsci.wustl.edu/~rlneblet/noh/
- 5) Noh Mask Effect: A Facial Expression
- 6) Noh Mask Gallery http://www11.freeweb.ne.jp/art/noh-mask/index.htm
- 7) Process of Making A Noh Mask http://www.pasar5.com/NOH_MASK/process.html
in Ancient Greek Theater
- This brief site explains the origins of the use
of masks in ancient Greek theater.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Ancient Greek Mask Interactive View
- 3) Types of Masks Used In Greek Tragedy by K.
by G. Ulrich from LORE Magazine, Milwaukee
- This article provides the history of masks from
an anthropological perspective.
- Related Articles on Masks:
- 2) African Art: Masking http://community.middlebury.edu/~atherton/masking.html
- 3) Mask from Encarta Encyclopedia
- Websites For Teachers
West African Ceremonial Object by S.L.
Mullen from Yale-New Haven Teachers
- The mask is an exciting and intriguing
phenomenon, for under its cover, the wearer becomes
free to become someone else.
- Related Lesson Sites:
- 2) Meaning Behind the Mask from
- 3) Traditional African Masks http://fga.freac.fsu.edu/academy/k1niger.htm#activity20
(Grades K-8) from KinderArt
- Here is a fun way for your students to make
- Related Websites from KinderArt:
- 2) Paper Mâché Masks - Maskmania
(Grade K) http://kinderart.com/multic/machemask.htm
- 3) Plaster Face Masks (Grade 3-5) http://www.kinderart.com/sculpture/plamask.htm
and More Masks! (Grades 6-8)
- This lesson is one of a series developed for
the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, CT
which has a large mask collection.
- Related Lesson:
- 2) Meaningful Masks http://homepage.mac.com/krohrer/iad/lessons/middle/middle3.html
- 3) More than Masks http://homepage.mac.com/krohrer/iad/lessons/middle/middle11.html
The Face Tells the Story (Grades 9-12) by
C. DeBuse from ArtsEdNet
- The purpose of this lesson is to develop an
understanding of the universal appeal of mask
making. After investigating uses of masks in
various cultures, students will create masks that
relate to their own experiences.
The Art of Revealing and Concealing by A.
- Here are three mask-making activities for the
Masks (Grade 4) by M. Buchanan
- Mask work can be used at any time in a drama
curriculum, and can be just as easily tied to other
areas of study. The masks used in this lesson plan
are designed to be simple to make.
of Masks by Curriculum
- Students explore the idea of masks, from facial
expressions and mime, through face painting and
tattooing to more formal masks. They design and
build a mask for themselves.
Do People Wear Masks? from Teacher's
- This lesson plan first examines examples of
masks. Students then design their mask, make a
paper mâché model, and then decorate
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