I completed the African inspired mask and the totem pole for examples for my 7th and 8th grade art classes. The mask was made from oatmeal containers. The features were made from newspaper, cardboard and dowel rods.
The totem pole began as a simple shipping tube. The details were created by packing newspaper together and adding tape to stick it all together. I wanted to make my totem pole different from traditional totem poles by making the animals more 3 dimensional. It has been a huge hit at the school!
The totem pole is currently on display in our school’s library along with Jonni’s book “How To Make Masks” and the thorn mask that I made for that book. The students are excited to jump in to paper mache this year. Paper mache has become a tradition for my classes and all of the students seem to look forward to using it!
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Thanks, Cory! I can see why they’re such a hit at the school – I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like them before.
~By the way, if you would like to see the thorn mask that Cory mentioned, it appeared in the gallery section of my mask book along with creations by Jim Kransberger and Sharon Moreno. You can see all three masks if you click here and then use the “Look Inside” feature. Cory’s mask is on page 96. You’ll need to log in to your amazon.com account to see that many pages, of course.
I’m still amazed that these three artists not only agreed to try out the new materials and methods that are in the book, but they also agreed to let me to publish the very first masks they made after reading just a few pages of instruction. That takes some major talent (and courage!). Thanks again to all three of you for being such a huge help!