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Traditional African Masks

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Traditional African Masks
12/8/15
How can a person change his or her appearance?
Dogon people
The Dogon are an ancient tribe from Mali known for their elaborate ceremonial masks used for celebratory dances performed by the men of the tribe.
Picasso's African Period (Proto-Cubism)
(1906-1909)
Dogon Masks
Ms. Klein's 7th Grade Art Class

Art Project Overview:
We will make paper mache masks with symbolic meaning inspired by traditional Dogon masks.
Your mask must demonstrate at least one major characteristic of an animal.
-In your sketchbook, make a list of three animals and write down some ideas of what that animal can represent.
-Make a sketch of some important physical features of those animals that you might what to incorporate into your mask.
1/29/15
Goal of the Day:
How can participating in a class critique help us improve as artists and critical thinkers?
DO NOW:
Get your folders and masks out.

Write your name on the critique form.
DO NOW: Please get your sketchbooks out of the drawer and answer this question in your sketchbooks:
12/22/15
Share your in-progress masks with someone at your table.
Describe a technique you used to create
form
on at least one part of your mask.
Then decide what your next step for successfully creating your mask will be today. Prepare to share what you discussed.
DO NOW: Peer Review
1. Your mask must demonstrate
at least
one characteristic of an animal.
3. Your mask must have a

line of symmetry.
2. The animal you choose to represent must have a
symbolic
meaning.
1. Your mask must demonstrate
at least
one characteristic of an animal.
3. Your mask must have a

line of symmetry.
2. The animal you choose to represent must have a
symbolic
meaning.
4. You must use
geometric shapes
to create the features of your mask.
1/26/16
Goal of the Week:
How can we effectively use paper mache to create an animal mask with FORM?
Do Now: FINAL PAPER MACHE DAY
Please get your masks and sketchbooks (if needed for reference) as you walk in the room.
PEER REVIEW:
Share your mask with someone at your table. Take turns discussing the mask's strengths and share any suggestions you have for your classmate.
12/12/13
FINAL CONSTRUCTION DAY
Goal of the Day:
What techniques can we use to transform paper into a mask with form?


Do Now:
Please get your sketchbooks from the drawer as soon as you enter the room.
Answer this question using full sentences in your notebook.
How does
form
relate to our creation of Dogon-inspired masks?
12/5/13
Do Now:
Get your sketchbooks as you enter the room. Take out your notebooks and answer this question:
How can we transform
geometric shapes
into a Dogon-inspired mask with
form
?
12/15/15
Goal of the Week: How can we use the art element of FORM to create a Dogon-inspired animal mask with symbolic meaning?
Do Now: please get your sketchbooks and answer this question:
What symbolic meaning does your animal have? How will you show that symbolic meaning using the forms in your mask?
12/15/15
Goal of the Day:
How can we effectively create form in our masks that demonstrate characteristics of our animals?
Do Now:
Take out your sketches and in progress masks. Share your sketches/masks with your table. What is your first step for creating your mask today? Do you have a suggestion for the artist as to how they will continue their mask today?
ARTIST JOB ASSIGNMENTS
SEAT 1:
SEAT 2:
SEAT 3:
SEAT 4:
SEAT 5:
Throw out any wet newspaper that cannot be used for next class.
Wipe your hands with a wipe and collect DRY newspaper strips to use for next time. Put them in the bag at middle table.
Put the top on the glue bucket and bring it to the back tabl. Wipe the tablecloth clean with a wipe.
Fold the tablecloth and bring the FOLDED tablecloth to cabinet, top left shelf.
Go around the room and assist classmates who need help.
1/2/14 Happy New Year!
Goal of the Week:
How can we use
color
to portray symbolic meaning in our masks?
Do Now:
Answer the question above in your notebooks.
Helpful Hints
Choose white, brown, or black paint as the base color for your mask.
Paint your mask with at least
TWO even layers
(NOTHING SHOULD BE DRIPPING!)
Is your
NAME
visible?
If you are finished with your base color layers, take out your sketchbook and continue planning sketches for the color patterns in the rest of your mask. You should have
THREE
different variations.
After sketches are checked, start painting your design starting with ONE color. How will the colors and geometric designs you create
emphasize
the FORMS in your mask? What do they symbolize?
Please refer to the rubric!
1/16/14
Goal of the Week:
How can we use
color
to portray symbolic meaning in our masks?
DO NOW:
Read the color association sheet. What colors can you connect to your Dogon-inspired animal mask and why? Write down some ideas in your notebooks/sketchbooks.
1/28/16
Goal of the Week:
How can we use
color
to portray symbolic meaning in our masks?
DO NOW:
Please get out your sketchbooks and masks.
Share your mask with someone at your table along with your sketch plan for symbolic color. Share a strength and give a suggestion for your classmate's mask.
Butterfly Mask
2/11/16
Goal of the Day:
How can we use
color
to portray symbolic meaning in our masks?
1/13/14
Goal of the Week:
How can we use
color
to portray symbolic meaning in our masks?
DO NOW
Please get your masks/sketchbooks.
**Discuss with your table your color plans and sketches for your mask:

1. The colors I plan to include are... and they symbolize...
2. Which color should I start with?
3. How do my shape/color designs relate to one another? Does it stay consistent with my intended symbolism?

ARTIST JOB ASSIGNMENTS

SEAT 1:
Wipe your table with a disinfectant wipe at the END OF CLASS PERIOD.

SEAT 2:
Put glue buckets at the back table

SEAT 3:
Collect any newspapers to be saved and put back in the bag the the back table.

SEAT 4:
Throw out any garbage that cannot be saved


1/17/14
Goal of the Week:
How can we use
color
to portray symbolic meaning in our masks?
DO NOW:
Sketchbooks due!
-Take out your colored sketches for your mask. Sketch should be labeled with symbolic meaning for each color choice.
-If you are finished sketching, and I have checked it, you may get your mask and use a pencil to map out your designs.
Artist Tips
Use a
SMALL
paintbrush for small details, use a
MEDIUM
paintbrush for larger areas of color.
Always mix a
DARK
color
INTO
a
LIGHT
color.
If you are unsure
how to mix
a certain
color
, refer to the
color wheel
posted on the wall, or ASK.
1/31/14
Goal of the Week:
How can the creation of an artist statement improve the viewer's understanding of your masks?
DO NOW:
Take out your artist statement assignment to be checked or worked on! Take out a pencil.
2/25/16
Goal of the Week:
Students will be able to discuss the work of their peers through a written class critique.
DO NOW:
Bring your masks to your table and write your name on the critique form.
2/6/14
Goal of the Week:
Students will be able to discuss the work of their peers through an oral and written class critique.
Questions to Ask Yourself and Others During Dogon Mask Critique

What is being presented?
How did they accomplish this?
What do you think the symbolic color represents and WHY?
What is the strongest part of their mask?
What could be worked on?
Do you have any other questions for the artist?
2/4/14
Goal of the Week:
How can creating an artist statement help the viewer understand the purpose of creating your masks?


DO NOW:
Please get your folders (artist statement assignment sheet and rubric) and take out a piece of loose-leaf paper.
DO NOW: Review these questions and prepare yourself for our second day of class critique.
Goal of the Week: How can exploring the culture of the Dogon people help us understand the context in which their traditional artwork is created?
Goal of the Week: How can we use various art techniques to successfully transform paper into a mask with form?
Please get your sketchbooks so you have your sketches available to create emphasis today.
Sample answer:My animal is a lion and it
symbolizes

strength
. Some
forms
I will use to show strength are rows of sharp pointy teeth.
BE PREPARED FOR A PAPER MACHE REVIEW
Emphasis
: Giving something special importance, making something stand out in a work of art.
You will need to use color in a
symbolic
way, and in a way that will create an
emphasis
on certain parts of your mask.
Do Now: Peer Review
Share your mask with your table. Take turns giving one compliment and one suggestion. Next step: How will you use COLOR to EMPHASIZE parts of your mask?
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