Third graders learned about African masks, including their traditional materials, makers, and meanings. Masks are used for ceremonial purposes and combined with costumes and dance. They learned about some of the most prevalent characteristics of masks, including zoomorphism, or animal characteristics, and abstractions. First, they sketched their masks, adding color and explaining the specific ceremonial purpose of their mask. Using primarily natural materials such as shells, feathers, and stones, they brought their sketches to life to create these lively 3-D creations.
"This mask is for good"
"Good luck for farmers and food"
"Used for making people grateful"