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ERIC Number: ED339574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Mask Making: The Use of Expressive Arts with Leadership Development.
Jones, Angela Thomas
The process of making one's own mask and having one's mask made was offered as an experiential exercise for a group of Outward Bound students training to be Outward Bound instructors. The integration of expressive arts with outdoor experiential education was an attempt to encourage balance between the technical and interpersonal skill development of leadership among experiential educators. The instructor supervised 10 students, aged 19-28, during the Outward Bound Instructor Development Practicum. The mask-making process requires two people; one to make the mask and the other to provide his or her face as the mold for the mask. The process sets the stage for a dynamic experience that invites an intimate exchange between two people. Issues that arise from the experience are related to intimacy, trust, faith, and compassion. The person having the mask made may have up to 45 minutes under the mask. The time under the mask while waiting for it to dry is an opportunity for a reflection experience, which is an important part of experiential learning. Prior to the mask making, students discussed perceived risk and real danger associated with the activity, and developed standards in an effort to support an emotionally and physically safe environment. Students shared their experiences after the process. Everyone agreed that the mask making was anxiety provoking because of feelings of vulnerability and being out of control. This activity must be chosen carefully, considering the level of preparedness of the group. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Masks; Outward Bound