Friday, December 13, 2013

8th Grade Sugar Skull masks

Here is just a sample of the fun Sugar Skull masks we made.  The kids loved it!  I will post more examples and my lesson plan soon.
(done with a fine point Sharpie -- drawn in pencil first)




So here is what we started with.  Each student received a plastic mask form.  To prevent the paper mache from sticking to the mask (when we need to pull it off later), we put a sheet of foil on as our first "layer".


The green mixture in the cup is a simple mix of glue, water, and food coloring.  The reason for the color?  Just for fun.  It was near the Michigan/Michigan State game and I was showing my support for State.  Go Green!  ;)





Every other layer was newspaper, then torn brown paper towel.
They ended up with a total of 6 layers.
The brown paper towel was the last layer.



After the last layer was dry, students painted on a layer or two of white gesso.
This made for a nice "blank canvas".

In the photo above -- you can see the student has removed the paper mache mask from the plastic form.  


Now that they have their mask -- it's time to decorate!

Students were told that they had the choice to make a Sugar Skull design or another design idea.  The paint we used was acrylic....it works so much better than tempera.  Markers were also used.
:)
Here are more student examples:














16 comments:

  1. Hi there!
    I would like to teach this lesson to my middle schoolers. I was wondering, did you use paper mache paste? Also, how long did it take for your masks to dry?
    Thanks so much,
    Cait

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  2. Where do you get the plastic mask/mold?

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    1. Most craft stores carry the mask. I purchased the Jason mask after Halloween for little or nothing and used that as my form

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  3. Can I possibly get a copy of the rubric you used here?

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  4. Could I please have the rubric and your wrap up sheet? This is great! dumkriegerj@lb-eagles.org

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  5. Could I please have a copy of your rubric and wrap up sheet as well? eunswort@kent.edu

    Sincerely,
    A brand new art teacher who needs some help:) Thanks!! love your lessons!

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  6. Learning goals and success criteria or rubric, please?

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  7. Learning goals and success criteria or rubric, please?

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  8. Please send me a copy of your rubric. Thank you very much. Acon5104@gmail.com

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  9. Was also wondering if I might be able to have the rubric- annapredovan@gmail.com

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  10. These are great! About to try today =)

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  11. http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2016/02/8th-grade-sugar-skull-mask-inspiration.html Hey, Holly, just blogged about it. Gave you credit. Tagged the artist of the coloring book. Check it out when you get a chance. Thanks for sharing! Kim

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  12. Would love a copy of the lesson and rubric. :) Please email it to cmcclave@jds.org Thank you!!

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  13. Thank you for sharing such details!Rubric and lesson please? irmisc@pcsb.org

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  14. Did something like this before. I used regular paper mache' (Elmers) without the foil and it popped right off. I also tried it with a sturofoam head and it also worked. But, I like the trick with the foil when you use glue. Great examples. Yo can also get plastic face forms from art catalogs like Blick or Sax. They come in a variety of ethnicities too.

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  15. Could I have the rubric too? My kids would love this!
    Afton.geyer@gmail.com

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