Sunday, 15 July 2012

Low Relief Cardboard Masks

Looking for a project that can be adapted to many grades and is easy on the budget?  This could be what you are looking for.  All you need are scissors, glue and a supply of cardboard boxes.

After a discussion of additive and subtractive methods, students cut out their mask shapes.

Features were created by adding layers or removing parts of the surface.  An opened paper clip was used to help peel off the layers.  Students discovered that if they scored the surface, certain sections could be removed without affecting the surrounding area.

Cardboard was separated, bent, twisted, rolled, curled, cut, layered, woven, folded and then glued into place.  Both liquid school glue and glue sticks were used.

Holes were added and yarn inserted so the masks could hang.


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These masks were meant to be decorative so eyeholes were not included. 
That can be easily changed if masks are to be worn.


How to Adapt

Older grades can make their masks more detailed while younger ones can build their masks with an assortment of shapes already made if the cardboard is too hard for them to cut.  They could still alter the shapes before assembling. 

Dry pens, large nails, and the ends of paint brushes make excellent scoring and tearing tools.

This project can be used to discuss symmetry and monotone.


Animal masks can also be made.
Check out the cute mouse in the photo.

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