ERIC Number: EJ969242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Clay Mask Workshop
Gamble, David L.
Arts & Activities, v151 n1 p14-16 Feb 2012
Masks can represent so many things, such as emotions (happy, sad, fearful) and power. The familiar "comedy and tragedy" masks, derived from ancient Greek theater, are just one example from mask history. Death masks from the ancient Egyptians influenced the ancient Romans into creating similar masks for their departed. Masks can represent many things: animals, gods, or even past kings. African masks can not only distinguish different tribes, areas, and animals, but also signify fertility, social place, etc. In this article, the author describes the clay mask workshop he has been presenting to art teachers and clay artists. The workshop is a great clay project that provides an opportunity to interject history, culture, wet-clay handbuilding techniques, and, most of all, fun into the classroom. This article includes the author's workshop directions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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