Punch a hole where you have made the pencil mark. Then I added brown paper that came with a package from Amazon. First, their structural type is different. You can use a variety of craft supplies to add some personal touches to your masks, such as yarn, fabric scraps, beads, glitter, and paper. African tribes wear masks and headdresses: the male is represented by the elephant, the most powerful of bush creatures and the female is delicately coifed to express refinement and civilization. Make a nose by tracing a triangle on paper, cutting it out and bending it down the center.
They have lots of symbolism and details, like the masoji which represents tears. Please don't ever stop carrying this mask!!!! African masks can be considered one of the greatest works of art in Africa. Remember, always gain an adult's permission before using sharp scissors or hot glue. Flour Step one: You need to take your large piece of cardboard and draw your African mask shape on to it with your pencil. These masks represent the flying spirits from the bush.
The History of African in Relation to African Masks and Fetishes Of particular interest in , is the area of that encompasses a particular component of worship, the fetish. Because I was using wet clay, I needed to cover it before adding the paper mache. They are certainly proud of their work. It worked for this particular African mask because there were simple shapes and I could isolate the clay from the paper mache with a film of plastic. However, understanding the social systems in Africa is a wide topic that cannot be covered exhaustively in this paper. Make a paper mache African mask with four layers of paper strips and paste. A fetish by definition is an English word of Portuguese origin that means an object regarded with awe due to its inhabitancy of a spirit or magic.
Masks are used almost in every African tribe. Alternate lesson idea: Mardi Gras masks See African Masks. They, therefore, have types, meanings behind them and even things to be noted about wearing them. This mask is made of wood and pigment. For example, some masks have tattooed tears, also known as masoji. However, many modern scholars seek to include any artwork produced anywhere on the continent as defining African art. Would like to see a picture of your head form to see what you are covering.
Due to their exquisite nature, African masks have been regarded to be amongst the most sought pieces of art amongst collectors of art. Other types of African masks take on the shape of a headdress where the person just wears it atop their head. Larry encourages students to hide the fold mark in some way. I like that I was able to add features to this mask with model magic air dry clay and I was able to keep this as part of the final mask. Helmet crests: They do not fit over the entire head but are rather worn like a hat, leaving the face exposed.
Use cardboard, newspaper, foil, or. Wad up the newspaper and place it inside the curved section of the foil mold and lay it on your work surface. Use an oval or rectangular template, such as a plate or empty food container, that is about the size of your face or larger, if you want a big mask , and trace it onto a piece of brown or black paper. African masks play a vital part many cultures and tell such tales of expression, religion and personality. Eyes were shaped like Northwest Coast eyes. It is a thing of honour and most of the time, only men or elders in the tribe are given the honour. If you want to make animal ears, find a leaf with a shape you like to use as a template.
The drawing will transfer to the other side. To make this fun and creative mask, you will need: 1. Base your design off of an existing mask or make up your own characters. However, I would argue that simply placing a 'band-aid' blanket over Africa, would serve only to mask their problems, and relieve us of our guilt. You might put on your favorite outfit or wear a birthday hat.
Site gives a nice overview of styles, materials used and reasons for masks of Africa - shows a few examples graphics not photos- but still good enough for students to get the idea -- and there is a short quiz. Tear newspaper into strips about 1- or 2-inches wide and 4- to 8-inches long. Be the first to know about new designs and products, get exclusive offers and content, plus find out about exciting collaborations and events. Step three: You need to shred the newspaper into strips. Large mixing bowl and mixing spoon 4. These can be a string, band, secured with a scarf or even held on by a wig.
Different tribes using masks: In western and central Africa all animistic tribes used masks, whereas in the east and south only a few tribes did so. You will need a lot of newspaper. I think a project like this would be perfect for a Middle School or High School class, especially if the artwork as combined with a creative writing, history or social studies class. I wanted my paper mache African mask to look like it was made with a warm dark wood. Helmet masks: Fit over the entire head and are normally carved from one section of a tree trunk. If it isn't fun or interesting, we won't send it. The Gabon people wore it during celebrations and festivals.
One mask called the buffalo mask is a large mask with different shades of brown, big eye holes, and a long snout. This might take a few days. This mixture should be very similar to thick custard. For instance, a rough surface may suggest fear and evil and smooth surfaces beauty and virtue. You are attempting to upload an invalid image. Add horns or ears to make your shape look more animal, or human, depending on what you want the mask to depict.